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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 10, 2013) — Save the Children is pleased to announce its support for S. 1086, the Child Care Development and Block Grant Act of 2013, which would greatly improve the safety of children in child care facilities in the event of a disaster.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the main source of federal funding that provides assistance to child care programs and families. For the last several years, Save the Children, along with numerous other organizations (including the former National Commission on Children and Disasters), has been advocating for quality preparedness planning at child care facilities. During a normal work week, nearly 68 million children are in school or child care settings, and most parents assume that when they drop their kids off for the day, they will be safe if disaster strikes.
"Two-thirds of our nation's states do not require basic emergency preparedness regulations for child care facilities," said Kathy Spangler, Vice President of Save the Children's U.S. Programs. "With the beginning of the hurricane season, as well as the recent devastation in Oklahoma, it is more important than ever to focus on meeting this essential need for children."
Save the Children applauds Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for producing this bi-partisan measure and we urge their colleagues to support it. Not only would this legislation help child care centers prepare for emergencies, but it would also improve the overall quality of child care services including new workforce training standards and more comprehensive early learning and development guidelines.
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