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Preparing For Disaster: The Parent View

As a parent, the safety and well-being of your children is your primary concern. It takes a great deal of trust to leave your children in child care, and when disasters occur, this trust takes on a new dimension. Child Care Aware® of America understands this and is leading a nationwide initiative to prepare child care programs for disasters. To help you ensure that your children are safe, Child Care Aware® of America offers resources that you can use to ask the right questions of your child care provider and play a role in planning for and recovering from any catastrophe that strikes.


  • What’s the Plan?: Ask Your Child Care Provider Before A Disaster
    One of the most important questions for all parents to consider and ask their child care program is, "What kind of emergency preparedness plan do you have in place?" To help parents ensure the safety and well-being of their children, this colorful brochure provides 10 questions they should ask about the what, when, where and how of their provider’s disaster plan.
  • Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies
    A publication targeting families, child care providers, and advocates of child care regarding the importance of national standards for emergency preparedeness in child care.
  • Your Local CCR&R
    Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) havea vital role in helping their communities rebuild and meet the child care needs of children and families in the aftermath of a disaster. Child Care Aware® of America wants parents to know that their local CCR&R is the top information and personal assistance resource for  preparing child care programs for disaster and assisting families when a catastrophe strikes.
  • Helping Your Child Cope With an Emergency
    World events are always a concern for parents. Here are some tips on how you can help your children cope with such emotions. 
  • Nurturing Children After Natural Disasters 
    Provides basic disaster preparation information, as well as specific guidance on helping children cope with the aftermath of natural disasters.