With nearly 11 million children under the age of 5 in some kind of child care setting every week, it is critical that child care providers, parents of children in child care, and emergency planners at all levels, work together to ensure that child care settings are prepared in the event of a disaster. Child Care Aware® of America works with partners on these nationwide efforts to:
Disaster Policy Recommendations for National, State, and Local policymakers:
National Commission on Children and Disasters
Over a period of two years, the Commission examined the needs of children independently, and in relation to the preparation, response and recovery from all emergencies, hazards and disasters.
Child Care Aware® of America was involved in the creation and ongoing operations of the Commission, including representation on the Commission subcommittee examining how child care needs to be involved before, during, and after disasters. While the Commission’s report was issued in 2010, we continue to work with a national coalition to have a unified children’s voice representing the needs of children related to disasters.
For more information about the Commission, visit the Commission's website.
Child Care Aware® of America Resources for the Field
Additional Resources and Information:
TAKE ACTION! Urge Your Members of Congress to address child care program disaster preparedness as part of the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Send your Members of Congress a letter today!