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Updated Course Helps Child Care Providers Prepare

January 2022

Whether they face tornados or a pandemic, floods or winter weather, child care providers must keep the kids they care for safe during many kinds of emergencies. The newly revised FEMA independent study course, Preparedness for Child Care Providers (IS-36), can help.

This online course covers many hazards and risks that may affect child care providers. These include fires, criminal activity and child abduction, severe weather, hazardous materials, illness outbreaks, and geological events like earthquakes. The course can support safety and planning not just at child care centers and preschools, but also at before- and after-school programs, summer youth programs, and home-based child care facilities.

Preparedness for Child Care Providers also includes many tools providers can use, such as procedures for sheltering in place, emergency site closings, reunification with parents and guardians, and more. Students will learn how to create an emergency plan tailored to their needs, including actions like how to identify staff responsibilities when an emergency occurs and identify how a child care site will recover from an emergency. A companion toolkit includes helpful hazard checklists, sample forms like emergency contact sheets, and checklists for emergency drills.

Child care providers can complete this free, web-based course online in about two hours.

If you care for young kids, be sure to look at the course and share it with your colleagues. If you’re a parent of young kids, let their child care center know about the course. You can find the course at FEMA - Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-36.A: Preparedness for Child Care Providers.

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