New planning tool helps families prepare alternative childcare if parents get sick
JUNE 25, 2020 – If parents get too sick to care for their children, it helps to have a plan in place.
Planning ahead for possible emergencies is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. One key priority is knowing what to do if a parent or guardian becomes sick or hospitalized due to the virus.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has created a planning kit to help families with this important part of emergency preparation. Having a plan to care for children can help reduce stress in the event of an emergency, and help everyone transition.
The COVID-19 Family Planning and Information Kit guide families through a process to Plan, Prepare and Share a plan for childcare in emergencies. The kit gathers key information in one place. Parents can complete the kit online and save it or print it out.
- Choosing other caregivers
- Comfort items and routines
- Medical and other special needs
- Child care and school
- Faith-based and other important community contacts
- Legal matters
The completed kit should be shared with alternative caregivers before an emergency happens – plus family, neighbors, teachers or child care providers, faith-based communities, and health care professionals. It may be helpful to have printed copies on hand, or have a copy travel with your child.
MDH also has resources on how to talk to their children about emergency preparedness and COVID-19 in the Family Resources section of its COVID-19 website.