Childcare providers need a plan to protect their children, their employees, and their business.

Childcare providers are a critical resource in the community, especially during a disaster. The quicker childcare providers are able to respond to and recover from a disaster, the faster impacted families can return to home, work, and school.

Childcare providers can download and complete a plan below. They can also visit the links on this page for additional resources.

Additional Childcare Resources

YMCA Childcare Resource and Referral

YMCA Resource and Referral provides families with information to help them understand options for care, and how to choose a quality program that meets their family's needs. To learn more call (619) 521-3055 or visit the YMCA Childcare Resource and Referral Center.

Your childcare program may have to follow procedures for a lockdown, secure campus, or shelter in place.

Your Local Fire Department

Many fire departments also serve as their city’s/community’s emergency planners. Contact them to learn more about hazards in your area as well as emergency preparedness resources that may be available.

2-1-1 San Diego

2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. Dial 2-1-1 or visit

American Red Cross

During a disaster the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. To learn more call (858) 309-1200 or visit the American Red Cross of San Diego / Imperial Counties.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an online course for childcare providers: Multihazard Planning for Childcare. Also visit for disaster preparedness recommendations and to learn how to maintain your disaster supplies kit.

Child Care Aware®

Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides access to resources for child care programs.  Learn more at


The National Flood Insurance Program website includes valuable information about flood risk. To learn more visit or call (888) 379-9531.

Flu includes current information about flu activity, planning and preparedness.

Sample Damage Assessment from the State of Texas

The Department of Family and Protective Services for the State of Texas has a great damage assessment template that can help you begin the recovery process following a disaster. 
   » Child Care Initial Rapid Damage Assessment

Save the Children

Save the Children’s Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training is designed to help you develop and implement practical emergency plans that cater to the specific needs of your program. 
   » Save the Children Emergency Preparedness Training

State of California Child Care Licensing

Visit the Community Care Licensing Division, Child Care Licensing Website to find resources on operating a child care facility in California and the regulations involved, including the need to have a disaster plan.