Iowa law requires child care providers to have a written emergency plan in place by October 1, 2016. Emergency plans must include procedures for:
There are templates and tools available for child care providers to help meet your program's needs. You are not required to use any of the templates and tools offered, although the tools and templates will help you meet requirements in Iowa law.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning Guide for Child Care
Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan - Template for Child Care Centers
Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan - Template for Child Development Homes
CCR&R offers a 6-hour training, Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Programs, designed to help all child care providers be prepared for handling emergency situations that may affect their program and community. During an emergency situation, it is important to know how to support the emotional needs of children and caregivers in your program and be aware of resources available to support child care emergency preparedness. This training will equip you with the knowledge to be prepared and recover from these emergencies. This training will also provide the necessary tools and information to create an emergency plan for your program that will meet Iowa law requirements.
Welcome to Emergency Preparedness Planning Video Series!
These videos will help child care businesses to plan and be prepared when it comes to knowing how to respond to and recover from an emergency.
Child Care Weather Watch Form
First Aid Checklist
Emergency Preparedness resources to create a family communication plan - be sure to share this link with families in your program!
Reunifying children with their families:
General Emergency Preparedness:
Trauma and Emotional Support:
Our Emergency Preparedness team has created a series of reminders and tips to help your child care program. When signing up, you will receive one or two texts a month to review planning requirements and a reminder to run drills.
Preparing Now to Protect Later
"When a fire started in my child care home in the middle of the day, I was thankful I had a copy of my emergency plan stored outside of my house. If I only had one copy in my house, I wouldn’t have been able to access it. I only had time to get the children out of the house. I also recommend you keep a copy of the following in your car or one of your alternative emergency places: emergency cards with your extra emergency plan that have all the information to get ahold of the parents. Include pictures on them in case the fire department is helping release children to parents if the provider is not able to. I’m also so glad that we practiced the drills each month because the children also knew what to do." - Chevy, Child Development Home Provider
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