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Hurricane Sandy: Child Care Aware® of America Resources, Publications Can Help Providers, Parents Cope

October 31, 2012

Child Care Aware® of America offers a variety of resources and publications to help providers and parents prepare for, and cope with, emergencies and disasters.

Is Your Child Care Program Ready? A Disaster Planning Guide for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes helps both child care centers and family child care providers determine the disaster resources they need to keep children safe and their businesses open during and after natural disasters and other catastrophes.

Emergency Preparedness for Child Care: A How-to Guide is a comprehensive training curriculum that includes Is Your Child Care Program Ready?, PowerPoint slides, and recommended national standards for emergency preparedness in child care.

A co-publication with Save the Children, Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies targets families, child care providers, and advocates of child care regarding the importance of national standards for emergency preparedness in child care.

Child Care Aware®’s website provides a range of resources for parents, including What’s the Plan?: Ask Your Child Care Provider Before A Disaster, a brochure designed to help parents ensure the safety and well-being of their children by walking them through 10 questions they should ask about the what, when, where, and how of their provider’s disaster plan.

Parents can also find tips to help their child cope with an emergency, basic disaster preparation information, and specific guidance on helping children cope with the aftermath of natural disasters on the website.

Additional resources can be found by clicking on the orange “Emergency and Disaster Resources” box on the Child Care Aware® of America homepage.

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. 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 Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at