Child care providers learn response planning for emergencies

Posted on Nov 29 2022

Seventeen child care providers from two child care centers across Saipan participate in an emergency preparedness training at Evergreen Learning’s training center in Chalan Kanoa last Nov. 19, 2022. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS)

Seventeen child care providers from two child care centers across Saipan participated in an emergency preparedness training last Nov. 19, 2022, at the Evergreen Learning’s training center in Chalan Kanoa.

The training on Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning for Natural Disasters and Human-caused Emergencies was conducted by Maricar I. Pena, Evergreen Learning’s quality care specialist.

These trainings were made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care, and CNMI Child Care Development Fund program under the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.

During the two-and-a-half-hour professional development opportunity, participants were able to identify the new federal requirements and health and safety standards for emergency preparedness and planning, define the different kinds of emergencies, articulate the importance of planning, identify natural disasters and human-caused events that should be addressed in emergency plans by CNMI childcare providers, explore the six steps of emergency planning, apply the new federal standard requirement in the review and revision of their current emergency plan, and also identify the current content list of EPRRP.

The Child Care Reauthorization Act of 2014 requires that all CCDF)Program child care providers must complete preservice training requirements in 12 health and safety topic areas before they are allowed to be left alone to supervise young children. The topics of this training meet two out of the 12 required training. (PR)

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