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Emergency preparedness plans and perceptions among a sample of United States childcare providers

Objectives: Children are at increased risk for experiencing negative physical and mental health outcomes as a result of disasters. Millions of children spend their days in childcare centers or in residential family childcare settings. The purpose of this study was to describe childcare providers' perceived levels of preparedness capabilities and to assess differences in levels of perceived preparedness between different types of childcare providers. Methods: A national convenience sample of childcare center administrators and residential family childcare administrators completed a brief online survey about their preparedness efforts. Results: Overall, there were few differences in preparedness between childcare centers and residential family childcare providers. However, childcare centers were more likely to report that they had written plans (94.47%) than residential family childcare providers (83.73%) were (?1 2= 15.62; P
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United States

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