Is Your Child Care Center Crisis Ready?
Child care centers are typically required to have a simplistic emergency plan in order to receive a license to operate. Common Sense Defense believes that child care centers should be prepared beyond state minimum requirements for potential emergencies that could occur within the center to keep children as safe as possible. In addition to providing general emergency operations planning and violent intruder defense strategy services, Common Sense Defense has developed the Crisis Ready certification for child care centers. Child Care Centers with a Crisis Ready certification demonstrate their commitment to proactive preparation and provide parents and guardians with peace of mind.
Crisis Ready Certification
A child care center certified as Crisis Ready by Common Sense Defense indicates that the center has:
- exceeded minimum state emergency plan requirements with respect to identification of potential emergencies and development of emergency procedures.
- conducted a third-party review of their emergency plan on an annual basis.
- ensured that all staff received at least two hours of training on the emergency plan in the past year.
- conducted a minimum of 12 fire drills and 3 lockdown drills in the past year.