Emergency Preparedness Project for CCR&Rs

Furthering our Commitment to Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities for Early Learning Providers, Families, and Children


In June 2019, Child Care Aware® of America launched a new 2 ½ yr. project in four Midwest states (Montana, Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma) with the purpose of alleviating the suffering of children during and after disasters.

The project promotes cross-sector collaboration by ensuring first responders, secondary responders, emergency managers, business leaders, and elected officials recognize the needs of children and the child care workforce before, during, and after disaster.  The project promotes strategies to integrate child care needs at all levels and phases of emergencies.

Participating CCR&R organizations will:

  1. Understand the importance of being ‘disaster ready’ and meet identified criteria to be considered disaster ready;
  2. Be equipped to offer emergency preparedness, response, and recovery training and provide technical assistance to child care providers within their communities;
  3. Engage in creative collaboration with businesses, agencies, families, providers, communities and states to integrate child care needs into all levels and phases of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

Congratulations to the following CCR&R organizations who were selected to participate in this project!


Montana Child Care Resource & Referral Network 

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral Network/Mid Sioux Opportunity, Inc. 

The Family Conservancy, Kansas City metro 

Child Care Resource Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma 

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CCR&Rs as Community Resilience Hubs:  2016-2018 

In 2016, Child Care Aware® of America launched a two-year training, technical assistance, and funding opportunity—Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs. The goal of this training program was to increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in the event of emergencies or natural disasters.

Who Was Selected

In total, three organizations were selected from the following states: Kansas, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. The program included a train-the-trainer initiative for CCR&R staff and provided funding support to resource and referral agencies in working with both center-based and home-based providers.

Congratulations to the three communities that were selected for the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs funding opportunity!

 Child Care Resource Center – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Child Care Aware® of Kansas

Child Care Aware® of Minnesota

The following report showcases some of the accomplishments from the project.

Download the Report


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