Emergencies can have serious effects on the mental health of staff, children, and families. Learn concrete strategies to use when preparing for and responding to emergencies from a mental health perspective.
Use this checklist to gather information after a major disaster. This can inform your recovery efforts so you can make sure that the facility is safe for the return of the children in your care.
Explore how to prepare for oral emergencies before a disaster occurs, as well as how to deal with some oral health challenges that staff may face after a disaster.
Explore Chapter 5: Health Outbreaks and Pandemics.
This video covers ways to prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies, including medical incidents.
To keep children safe, early care education settings can develop plans to reduce the risk of hazards. Learn to identify risks and discover how it is key to develop protocols as part of regular program operations.
These handouts help educate families on a variety of health and safety topics. Find information on asthma, child passenger safety, food allergies, preparing for tornado season, and more.
Explore evidence-informed health and safety practices in the design and construction of early childhood centers. Find information to support conversations with the building team after a natural disaster.
Emergency preparedness can drastically reduce the negative impact of trauma and stress on children. Find concrete steps program staff can take to prepare for emergencies and reduce trauma.
Programs can use this manual as a guide for their emergency planning process. Find the latest tools and resources to support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency. An emergency may be a catastrophic natural event, like a hurricane, flood, or wildfire, or a man-made disaster, such as a shooting. No matter the crisis, early childhood programs need to be ready with impact, relief, and recovery plans.