Natural and manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. During the last decade the United States has experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies and unfortunately these are liable to continue. When emergencies occur, those most vulnerable are our youngest citizens, children under 5 years of age.
Increasingly, children of this age are separated from their parents during the hours when emergencies may occur because they are in childcare settings. On average, during a normal work week, young children spend more than 36 hours a week in childcare. Regardless of whether they are licensed or unlicensed, large, or small, center-based or a family childcare home, when a local, state, or national emergency occurs a childcare program may be impacted. Childcare programs are particularly vulnerable to disasters since children at this age are not able to protect themselves from harm.
Parents and employers depend on childcare programs to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children when employees are at work. Communities depend on childcare so emergency personnel will be available to protect residents during emergencies.
Emergency preparedness training at work, at home, and in the community is everyone's responsibility. Making sure you are ready to keep yourself and the children in your care safe when a disaster strikes is of the upmost importance. As a trusted and loved figure in children’s lives, you are also on the front lines of helping children recover and heal after disasters.
We here at H&H Child Care Training can provide you and your program the necessary emergency preparedness training state and federal agencies require. Click here to look at our course listings and register for your next class today!