Response

child care stabilization grants logoWhile each disaster is different, it is possible to plan a response for any disaster. By conducting an after-action assessment of the most recent disaster or emergency, you can know what worked and what needs improvement.  Remember to focus on what worked and building on the strengths that emerged—for example, “Providers knew how to contact us because our licensing staff and Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) contractors provided the phone number when they visited, and we used social media to get the number out following the disaster.” 

Many policies were revised in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As these policies expire or are amended, can the policy language and processes, forms, communication, and so on, be saved for future reference?

Statewide child care disaster plans should include options that Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies and their contractors and partners may put into effect in response to an emergency. These options could include considerations in response to the following:

  • How will the CCDF Lead Agency ensure that child care services are available in the areas affected by a disaster?
  • How will providers and families get in touch with child care licensing and child care subsidies?
  • How will providers report their operational status and complete a damage assessment?
  • What is needed before the child care provider can resume operations?
  • What requirements could be modified or waived following a disaster and the process for requesting and approvals?
  • How can families who are new to subsidies access the assistance?
  • How can authorizations for school-age children’s part-time care be changed if schools are not in operation?

Responding to Disasters: Federal Resource

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