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Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering From Severe Weather

As we enter hurricane season, we make note of the flooding and severe weather that has occurred across the nation. It is time to take stock of the preparedness, response, and recovery planning accomplished and to reach out to the partners, child care providers, and children and families we serve.

The Office of Child Care (OCC) has compiled several resources for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program grantees and child care providers on its Emergency Preparedness Resources for Grantees and Child Care Providers webpage, which includes:

  • Links to OCC information memoranda on planning and flexibility in the use of CCDF program funding by lead agencies after disasters
  • Links for providers on program preparedness, including resources from the Child Care Aware® of America and Office of Head Start
  • Information about key contacts, such as state and territory child care resource and referral agency staff members, Administration for Children and Families regional administrators and emergency management specialists, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response staff members, and technical assistance (TA) partner personnel.

The Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System website also has many resources on its Emergency Preparedness webpage. These resources include discussion briefs on disaster plan development for preparedness, response, and recovery and a tool, Collaboration with Key Partners Tool: Statewide Child Care Disaster Plan, to support planning and preparedness.

CCDF Administrators and staff members are in a unique position to support providers and families through their multiple consumer education, family engagement, and outreach efforts. Ready.gov has created the 2019 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar, which includes social media and digital toolkits on such topics as flood safety, severe weather, wildfire, extreme heat, and hurricane safety.

TA efforts for states and territories are available from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s State Systems Specialist Network, and TA activities for CCDF tribal grantees are available from the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development. For additional information, contact your OCC Regional Office.

Office of Child Care

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.

Washington, DC  20201

General office number: (202) 690-6782

Fax: (202) 690-5600

General email: occ@acf.hhs.gov

Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ