Prepare your child care center

Is your child care program ready for a disaster?

Seattle Office of Emergency Management is currently conducting a multi-stage research project to determine best practices for child care provider outreach. You can read about our project below.

If you work for or volunteer at a child care center and want to learn more about preparedness for your program, you can find older resources and training curriculum below. We anticipate that our new resources and curriculum will be available in Summer of 2017.

In 2016, Seattle Office of Emergency Management set a goal of ensuring that licensed child care providers within the city limits were better prepared for disasters and emergencies. Based on Washington State Administrative Code (WAC) compliance reports, spanning from 2012-2016 provided by the Department of Education and Early Learning, Seattle OEM has created an emergency 2016 Child Care Provider Readiness Reportpreparedness rating system for licensed child care providers. The system is comprised of ten standards of emergency preparedness out of a total of nineteen standards that all providers must meet under Safety & Environment licensing requirements. Points are awarded for each standard based on compliance.

The point-based scoring system provided a clear numerical picture of the current state of readiness of child care providers within the city. In total, 190 licensed providers were assigned preparedness scores. Using a sample of eighteen providers, 6 of whom scored the highest, 6 whom have a median score of 5, and six whom scored the lowest) a survey will be conducted. The survey will seek to uncover the challenges impeding child care providers from meeting emergency preparednes standards. Phase II will convene stakeholders from across government, the community, and the child care industry to create an equitable, comprehensive, and succinct survey to uncover the possible causes of providers' failure to prepare across the city.

To read the full 2016 Child Care Provider Readiness Report, click here.

Additional Project Resources:

You can download the beta version of our updated provider training by clicking the photo below.

Child Care Provider Disaster Planning Presentation

Child Care Provider Disaster Planning Presentation


*Please note that this is not a finalized version of materials and we do not recommend that your center utilize this draft training to prepare your center.

Current Childcare Readiness Curriculum

While Seattle Office of Emergency Management is in the process of updating curriculum and materials, you can access the old curriculum to gDisaster and Emergency Preparedness for Child Care and Early Childhood Programset an idea of what you can provide in your center's emergency plan, and how you can implement that plan in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Child Care Provider Training
Module 1. Introduction
Module 2. Incident Command System
Module 3. Child Release
Module 4. Education and Drills
Module 5. Hazard Mitigation
Module 6. Caring for Kids

Provider Forms and Resources
Emergency Response Flip Book
Disaster Drill Record
Child Release Form
Three Day Critical Medication Authorization Form
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan