Emergency Preparedness in Child Care

2 Clock Hours / 0.2 CEUs / $18.00

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Course Description

Applicable to all childcare settings, this emergency preparedness training course provides information and resources to effectively plan for emergency situations including medical crises, natural disasters, and threats of violence. This course covers risk assessment, developing written plans, preparing first aid and emergency supply kits, communicating with families, and meeting children’s needs during emergencies.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Emergency Preparedness in Child Care
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for annual state training requirements in most states (including Vermont's emergency preparedness training requirement) and for the CDA and for CDA renewal training requirements.

Information on specific states:

  • Maryland: This course does not meet Maryland's emergency preparedness training requirement.
  • Nevada: This course is not approved for annual clock hours or to meet the Nevada requirement for training in emergency preparedness.
  • North Carolina: This course does not meet North Carolina's emergency preparedness and response in child care training requirement.
  • Vermont: This course does satisfy the emergency preparedness training requirement.
  • Washington State: This course is not accepted for Washington Merit or Washington Stars clock hours,

NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Emergency Preparedness in Child Care you will be able to explain why it is important to plan for and practice what to do in case of an emergency in your early childhood program; describe components of an appropriate emergency preparation and response plan; list items you should include in emergency supply kits; and identify appropriate safety measures to take during an emergency.

Topics Covered in Emergency Preparedness In Child Care

  • Types of different emergency situations
  • Examples of mitigation procedures to lessen the impact of disasters
  • The importance of having written documentation of emergency plans
  • Subjects and areas to address in written emergency plans
  • Emergency contact information to maintain and post
  • Methods of communication to use during emergencies
  • Technology and apps to inform people of potential hazards
  • The need for CPR and first aid training and certification
  • Recommended items for first aid and emergency supply kits
  • When and how to use a fire extinguisher
  • Assessing children’s injuries or illness when deciding to call for emergency help
  • Responding to an outbreak of infectious disease
  • Responding to a missing or abducted child
  • Planning procedures for evacuations and relocations
  • Tips for getting out safely from a burning building
  • Recommended shelter-in-place and lockdown procedures
  • Addressing the needs of very young children and children with special needs
  • The importance of holding drills and practicing emergency response procedures
  • Communicating emergencies to families, staff, and children safely and calmly


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

What our students say about Emergency Preparedness in Child Care

"Thank you so much for your email! This is a prime example and one of the many perks in using Care Courses for our continuing education needs. ... Customer Service! Staying connected with your customers speaks volumes to me! The Intern that I ordered the courses [Block Play, Music and Movement, Lead Safety, Emergency Preparedness in Child Care, Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and more] for is very much enjoying them as well as the increase in her knowledge of Early Childhood Education! I will be registering for courses soon for my annual continuing education requirement and will be suggesting your organization, once again, to all of my staff! Thank you for all that you and your organization do for your customers! - Dover, Delaware

"It [Emergency Preparedness in Child Care] will help me to advocate more about being prepared and to help other staff know of the plans." - Elmwood, Nebraska

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

Care Courses information

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at info@carecourses.com. We will review your course and be in touch.

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