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Child Care Aware® of America Offers Resources to Help Children, Families Cope with Tragedy and Disaster

May 21, 2013
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Child Care Aware® of America is saddened by the devastating weather-related events in Oklahoma that claimed the lives of children and adults and left in its path the destruction of homes and neighborhoods this week. We are committed to providing resources to support communities, families, child care providers and children during the long recovery process.

“We seek to be supportive to the communities and families impacted and we acknowledge that child care programs play an important role in the wake of disasters like the one in Oklahoma. They bring stability to the lives of affected children, allow parents to return to work, and help communities get back on their feet," said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America. “We have compiled online resources for helping children and families cope with any tragedy as well as potential resources to help child care services resume as quickly as possible. We hope these resources can be supportive to families and providers of care.” 

Following any kind of emergency or disaster, children may feel anxious about their own safety and security. Child Care Aware®, a program of Child Care Aware® of America, also has a range of resources for parents, including tips to help their child cope with an emergency, basic disaster preparation information, and specific guidance on helping children cope in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Also available on the website is 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.

Child Care Aware® of America will provide support, if needed, to the efforts of the Oklahoma CCR&R and local CCR&Rs during recovery. For more information or assistance, contact Jan Terhune, Senior Director of Membership Services, at 703-341-4179 or jan.terhune@usa.childcareaware.org.