Resources for Childcare Providers

Workshop Series Prepares Childcare Facility Staff
Earlier this year, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–Region V, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and Office of Head Start to create and host a four-part workshop series about emergency preparedness for childcare center directors and employees in Chicago.

During the workshops, participants discussed ways to better prepare their facilities for emergencies like storms and manmade disasters in the event that one occurs while children are on campus. Participants planned escape routes for their facilities and also developed action plans to leverage resources in close proximity to their facilities. These activities encouraged participants to look outside their own facilities to collaborate with nearby hospitals, schools, houses of worship, and retail stores.

Childcare center staff from throughout the city were enthusiastic about their takeaways from the series. “This workshop has opened my eyes to the world of emergency preparedness,” said one participant. “I’ve learned valuable information that can help to make my center more prepared for emergencies.”

If you’d like more information about ways that childcare centers can stay prepared and better serve their communities, visit the Office of Head Start’s Emergency Preparedness Manuals. Workshop leaders also highly recommend accessing the resources available at and,, and America’s PrepareAthon!

State of Delaware Resources See rules 229-231 on preparation for emergencies.
Other information:
Family Child Care Home Emergency Planning Template A guide for Family and Large Family Child Care homes.

Family Disaster Planning (American Red Cross) A short, easy-to-read, guide to disaster planning. Appropriate for families and in-home, relative, and family child care providers.

Y.I.K.E.S. Your Inventory for Keeping Everyone Safe: Planning Guide for Emergency Response Planning in Child Care (Maine Office of Child Care and Head Start):

Emergency Response Planning for Childcare Providers Training Hub