The mission of the California Department of Social Services is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence. When providers are impacted by natural disasters and catastrophic events, the result can be detrimental to the communities they serve. When this occurs, resources for our most vulnerable clients can also be impacted and this can create a feeling of anxiety and extreme hardship. Our hearts go out to those who have been facing the devastation of wildfires throughout California and we are grateful to all of those who have been diligently working to keep our children, families, and communities safe. Community Care Licensing, Child Care Program Office extends the following resources when crisis situations arise. See Below.
***2018 Wildfire Help and Information***
Please contact your local child care licensing regional office if your facility has been impacted by the fires in any way.
The below link contains the most up to date information available for evacuations, shelters, and recovery efforts as a result of recent wildfires impacting Child Care Facilities across the state.
Disaster Help Center
Below are links to resources for Californians affected by fires:
HOW TO PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES & DISASTERS
A Step-by-Step Guide for California Child Care Providers
(Developed by the University of California San Francisco Child Care Health Program with funding from the California Department of Education)
Please be advised that the links directly below pertain to the October 2017 Fires:
Active Shooter Information
Child Care Aware: Active Shooter Resources