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Promoting Access to Care after an Emergency or Disaster: Illustrative State CCDF Policies

After an emergency or disaster, communities have to recover from the damage left behind by the event. Families and child care providers  may need help maintaining their eligibility for services; while other families may now be eligible for services and need child care in order to return to work or search for employment. Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agencies may want plans in place to ensure existing families and providers continue to receive services with limited interruptions. Agencies may also want to plan for an increase in demand for child care services while considering the unique circumstances families face following a disaster or emergency (such as missing or lost documents typically necessary to apply for assistance).

This document highlights State policies that promote continuity of care for families and providers already in the child care program and reduce barriers to new families needing assistance after a disaster or emergency. This document also highlights some CCDF agency initiatives that promote child care services after an event. It also discusses the benefits of using the CCDF agency Web sites to share information with the public about disaster and emergency resources.

Publication Date: 
May 1, 2013
Resource Type: 
Information Product