Safety Practices

Emergency Preparedness and Recovery

Head Start and other early childhood programs play an important role in response and recovery efforts after a disaster or emergency. Providing stability and sharing information about resources and agencies that can assist families is critical in the days and weeks after the event. Explore and share materials around social and emotional supports for children and adults. Review disaster preparedness, response, and recovery resources for families and programs.

Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets

Use these tip sheets with Head Start and Early Head Start families and staff affected by a crisis or tragic event. Learn to focus on children's responses to these events, as well as ways to help them cope.

A Guide to Building Healthy and Safe Early Childhood Facilities After a Natural Disaster

Program leaders can use this guide when building a new facility or renovating a facility after a natural disaster. This guide will inform conversations about health and safety with the building team.

Introducing the Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs
In this webinar, learn how to use the Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs. Explore how to develop emergency plans to keep children, families, and staff safe if disaster strikes.

Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs
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.

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