February 28, 2011
NACCRRA and Save the Children Release Recommendations for
Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies
National Standards promote strengthening emergency preparedness in child care
Washington, D.C.–February 23, 2011-The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and Save the Children’s U.S. Programs released today National Standards for emergency planning in child care. Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies makes specific recommendations and establishes guidelines for incorporating disaster preparedness in state child care regulations.
There are more than 300,000 licensed child care facilities in the United States. While most states’ regulations for child care centers and family child care homes address fire drills, many state regulations fall short in protecting children during tornados, earthquakes, industrial accidents and other disasters that may require evacuation, lockdowns, sheltering in place or reunification of children with their parents following a disaster.
“Our nation’s children spend, on average, 36 hours per week in some form of child care and most of the child care workforce has not received basic disaster preparedness training,” said Linda K. Smith, Executive Director of NACCRRA. “A comprehensive and viable emergency plan must be a core component of state child care regulations to ensure that all children are protected in times of crisis.”
The recommended National Standards address issues uncovered in a 2010 Save the Children study which found that 36 states are missing key child care regulations that wouldbetter protect children in child care before, during and after disasters. As a result, NACCRRA and Save the Children developed detailed child care emergency preparedness standards to implement Save the Children’s policy recommendations and serve as a model for states.
“The most vulnerable Americans in the most vulnerable settings are made more vulnerable because of government inaction,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. “We are thrilled to partner with NACCRRA to help fight to make sure that every state and every child in America is protected when disaster strikes.”
To read or download Protecting Children In Child Care During Emergencies, please visit www.naccrra.org.
About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.
When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high quality, affordable childcare. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about NACCRRA and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at www.naccrra.org.