New Disaster Preparedness Requirements for Child Care

Child Care Aware of America put together a webinar to share with us the new rules and requirements about disaster preparedness under the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014.  Currently there are only 7 states with required disaster preparedness policies and planning and the new federal law is aiming to change that.

One of the major recommendations highlighted in the report was directing Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require that States develop and include disaster planning, training, and exercise requirements within the scope of their minimum health and safety standards for child care licensure or registration. Additionally, the Commission recommended that Congress and HHS require States to develop statewide child care disaster plans in coordination with State and local emergency managers, public health, State child care administrators and regulatory agencies, and child care resource and referral agencies. The Administration has acted on a number of the Commission’s recommendations, including codifying child care as an essential service.
— Potential Impact of S.1086 on Disaster Preparedness and Response, Child Care Aware of America

If you missed the webinar, you can watch here!

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