Every licensed Child Care Facility within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is required to create or have an Emergency Plan. Below shows the current Pennsylvania Code as it relates to a Child Care Emergency Plan.
(a) The facility shall have an emergency plan that provides for:
(1) Shelter of children during an emergency including shelter in place at the facility and shelter at locations away from the facility premises.
(2) Evacuation of children from the facility building and evacuation of children to a location away from the facility premises. The evacuation routes and evacuation plans to exit the building may be the same as those required by § 3270.94(f) and (g) (relating to fire drills).
(3) A method for facility persons to contact parents as soon as reasonably possible when an emergency situation arises.
(4) A method for facility persons to inform parents that the emergency has ended and to provide instruction as to how parents can safely be reunited with their children.
(b) The operator shall review the emergency plan at least annually and update the plan as needed. Each review and update of the emergency plan shall be documented in writing and kept on file at the facility.
(c) Each facility person shall receive training regarding the emergency plan at the time of initial employment, on an annual basis and at the time of each plan update. The date of each training and the name of each facility person who received the training shall be documented in writing and kept on file at the facility.
(d) The emergency plan shall be posted in the facility at a conspicuous location.
(e) The operator shall provide to the parent of each enrolled child a letter explaining the emergency procedures described in subsection (a). The operator shall also provide to the parent of each enrolled child a letter explaining any subsequent update to the plan.
(f) The operator shall send a copy of the emergency plan and subsequent plan updates to the county emergency management agency.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has developed a Child Care Facility Tool Kit that outlines the basic requirements needed to assist in developing an effective Emergency Plan. You may also download the resources by visiting the links below.
You may submit your Child Care Emergency Plan to our office through postal mail or you may also email your plan to
Carl Wenzler, Planning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.