Disaster Preparedness

Planning for emergencies and disasters builds community and family resilience, supports optimal child development, and promotes healthy and safe child care before, during, and after a disaster.

The California Child Care Disaster Plan

The California Child Care Disaster Plan 2016 is an Annex to the California State Emergency Plan. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of key state agencies to support the child care infrastructure in an emergency or disaster. The overall goal of the California Child Care Disaster Plan 2016 is to reduce the risk of injury, loss, and destruction for children and staff in child care programs.

The plan supports child care providers to be ready for, respond to, and recover from an emergency. The resources in the Appendix assist child care providers to meet licensing regulations, Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding requirements, and best practice recommendations.  The California Child Care Disaster Plan 2016 is available in English and Spanish and is free to download.  Updates to the California Child Care Disaster Plan were made in 2020, and the updates can be seen here.

The Step-by-Step Guide for Child Care Providers section of the California Child Care Disaster Plan can be downloaded separately and used to prepare your facility for disaster.  It provides guidance to develop custom emergency plans based on individual child care program needs and local resources.  

The Emergency Plan Library section of the Disaster Plan contains all of the checklists, forms, templates, worksheets, and other tools and resources you will need to develop and implement your facility's disaster plan.

For individual files and resources included in the California Child Care Disaster Plan, including the Disaster Plan for Child Care Programs Powerpoint Presentation, see the table below.  Use the  menu to select resources in a particular topic area, for example: drills, Emergency Plan Library contents, or professional development resources.

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English Spanish
Job Action Sheets (pdf; 154.52 KB) Hojas de acción por funciones (pdf; 137.26 KB)
Letter of Agreement with Relocation Site (pdf; 50.69 KB) Carta de acuerdo con lugar de reubicación (pdf; 55.46 KB)
LIC 610, Emergency Disaster Plan for Child Care Centers (pdf; 104.13 KB) LIC 610 (SP), Plan de emergencia en caso de desastre para guarderias infantiles (pdf; 96.76 KB)
LIC 610A, Emergency Disaster Plan for Family Child Care Homes (pdf; 93.45 KB) LIC 610A (SP), Plan de emergencia para los hogares que proporcionan cuidado de niños (pdf; 82.86 KB)
LIC 624, Unusual Incident/Injury Report (PDF; 78.21 KB) LIC 624 (SP), Reporte de incidente inusual o lesión (pdf; 80.58 KB)
LIC 624A, Death Report (pdf; 54.1 KB)
LIC 624B, Unusual Incident/Injury Report — Family Child Care Home (pdf; 132.03 KB) LIC 624B (SP), Reporte de incidente inusual/lesión - hogar que proporciona cuidado de niños (pdf; 128.14 KB)
LIC 9148, Earthquake Checklist (PDF; 42.1 KB) LIC 9148 (SP), Lista de verificacion de terremoto (pdf; 36.35 KB)
LIC 9221, Parent Consent for Administration of Medications (pdf; 91.07 KB) LIC 9221 (SP), Consentimiento del padre/madre para que se administren medicinas (pdf; 82.67 KB)
LIC 999, Facilities Sketch (pdf; 21.65 KB) LIC 999 (SP), Dibujo del establecimiento (pdf; 16.36 KB)
LIC 999A, Facilities Sketch — Family Child Care Home (pdf; 87.7 KB) LIC 999A (SP), Dibujo del establecimiento - hogar que proporciona cuidado de niños (pdf; 81.66 KB)
Lockdown Drill (pdf; 55.31 KB) Clausura de las instalaciones (pdf; 84.7 KB)
Relocation/Reunification Drill (pdf; 32.22 KB) Reubicación/Reunificación Simulacro (pdf; 63.18 KB)
Relocation/Reunification Drill Permission Slip (pdf; 44.05 KB) Muestra de vale de permiso para simulacro de reubicación/reunión (pdf; 49.27 KB)
Resource List (pdf; 135.5 KB)
Safe-Place and Shelter-in-Place Checklist (pdf; 65.06 KB)
Sample Disaster Preparedness Class Completion Card (pdf; 42.49 KB)
Sample Emergency Disaster Drills (pdf; 172.63 KB) Simulacros de para situaciones de desastre (pdf; 182.42 KB)
Sample Staff Training Agenda (pdf; 360.08 KB) Muestra de programa para capacitación del personal sobre el manejo de emergencias (pdf; 342.87 KB)
Self-Assessment Tool/After Action Report (pdf; 49.27 KB) Herramienta de autoevaluación/formulario de informe posterior a la acción (pdf; 63.76 KB)