Disaster Preparedness Resources

Prepare yourself and your family by creating an emergency supply kit and a basic preparedness plan. Your kit should include items that will help you stay self-sufficient and your plan should include evacuation plans, a place to reunite with loved ones and an out-of-state contact person.

Be sure you have a phone charger and keep your phone charged at all times. You can sign up to follow NJOEM and receive text/email alerts from the National Weather Service:

The CDC has information on dealing with natural disasters for expecting parents, new parents and caregivers of infants. Visit their Natural Disaster Safety for Expecting and New Parents pages for more information. 
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Use this 10-page printable kit from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you with key disaster planning steps. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

General Information
NJ Department of Health COVID-19 website
NJ Department of Children and Families COVID-19 website
CDC's COVID-19 website

Guidance for Parents
Though typically resilient to everyday stressors, children and youth are dealing with new challenges due to COVID-19, like changes to their routines and a lost sense of security and safety, making them especially vulnerable to feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Trauma faced at this developmental stage can continue to affect them across their lifespan. You know your children best. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. Be patient. Children do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions.

The CDC developed a COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit to help support parents, caregivers and other adults serving children and young people in recognizing children and young people’s social, emotional and mental health challenges and helping to ensure their well-being. You can view these resources on the CDC website

If you get help paying for child care, you can find specific information on how COVID-19 affects your child care assistance benefits on our Child Care Assistance Program page.

Guidance for Providers
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families released specific operating guidance for centers in order to preserve the health and safety of children, staff and the families being served. For more information on updated health and safety standards for child care, visit the Department of Children and Families website.
The NJ Department of Health has released updated guidance for operating child care programs, this guidance document outlines public health recommendations and does not supersede requirements set forth by DCF. More resources for licensed child care centers is available on the DCF website.
Resources for COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirement Implementation
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Topics include mental health and social-emotional resources, face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, infection spread, using gloves, diapering and changing, and self-care for providers. Note that this guidance does not supersede New Jersey state requirements, but instead provides best practices for implementation. There are frequent updates to health and safety guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19.
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If you are providing child care services during this time, you are not alone! Support and resources are available through the joint efforts of Montclair State University, the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium and the Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities (NJSACC).

National Webinars and Resources
There are many national resources available to support best practices on implementing care in response to COVID-19. Please visit the links below for more information.
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness – Ask the Expert Services
Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Recorded Webinars

Baby Formula Shortage

Keeping Infants Safe During the Formula Shortage

  • Never dilute formula.
  • Avoid homemade formula.
  • Contact your health care provider about alternate formula options or before using cow’s milk.
  • Use of substitute formulas is OK most of the time.
  • Talk to your pediatrician.

Learn more on the USDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services websites.