In August 2016, CSC’s Child Care Resource Center was awarded $165,000 for a two-year project from Child Care Aware® of America to develop Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs. The grant is effective September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018. Two other projects were funded: Child Care Aware of Kansas and Child Care Aware of Minnesota. The goal of this project is to increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in the event of emergencies or natural disasters.
According to ChildCare Aware of America, “CCR&Rs are a constant presence in local communities and serve as a trusted resource for child care providers and families. As such, they are in a unique position to assist during times of crisis and disaster. Through their valuable networks, they are also able to provide assistance and resources that will greatly aid a community’s ability to recover from a disaster.”
An intensive training and technical assistance will be offered to early care and learning programs in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area based on a model developed by Joyce Reynolds, RN, Child Care Health Consultant, which provides supports to early care and learning programs to help them meet the disaster preparedness licensing standards adopted on January 1, 2016. Joyce has provided individual support to 17 different programs, helping them develop appropriate emergency maps and forms. The individual assistance culminates with observing a fire drill and writing recommendations for improving the drills. Joyce found that the programs typically were not practicing fire drills with infants and toddlers and identified many equipment needed to complete the drills safely.
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Increase preparedness awareness, training opportunities, and resources for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies in Oklahoma and surrounding states
Increase preparedness awareness, training, technical assistance and resources for early care and learning providers in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area
Strengthen relationships with the community preparedness organizations throughout Oklahoma. CCRC will provide train the trainer opportunities to other Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies across Oklahoma and surrounding states utilize social media platforms to maximize the number of people reached.