CHILDREN conducts disaster preparedness training

CHILDREN of Northcentral Arkansas, a program of White River Planning and Development District, recently conducted disaster preparedness training for 30 child care providers, according to a news release.

The trainings included: developing an evacuation plan, what to do in various disaster scenarios, sheltering in place, and building a disaster kit. With nearly 150,000 children in child care within the state of Arkansas, providers need to be trained and ready to respond to any disasters.

Entergy Arkansas awarded a $2,500 grant to CHILDREN to purchase supplies, assemble and distribute disaster kits to the child care facilities. This is the second year Entergy has co-sponsored disaster preparedness training for child care providers.

“Child care is a vital part of any recovery from a community disaster, and a well-trained and prepared child care force is essential,” the release states.

CHILDREN of Northcentral Arkansas is a network of services dedicated to enhancing the quality and availability of childcare; advocating for children; and providing information, education, guidance and support to parents, providers, employers and communities. CHILDREN’s services include free referrals to parents, parent education on selecting a child care provider, as well as technical assistance, training opportunities and quality enhancement programs offered to licensed or registered child care facilities.

For more information on resources for child care providers or parent referrals contact CHILDREN staff at 1-800-737-2237 or (870) 793-5233 in Batesville.