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Emergency plans for child care programs in Georgia

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Statement on Emergency Plans for Child Care Programs in Georgia in Response to McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County from Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle:

"In response to today's incident at the McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is reminding all of the state's child care programs and Georgia's Pre-K classes of DECAL's required policies for handling emergencies. There are approximately 6,000 child care programs in Georgia and all of them are required to conduct fire drills monthly and regular drills for tornados and other emergency situations. Each child care program should have evacuation plans, including keeping children and staff in place and securing the location or off-site evacuations where children and staff would move to a safe designated area. As we saw today at McNair, teachers and providers are the first responders in emergencies like these and should be trained and supported in every way possible. Parents must be informed of the center's emergency policies and procedures. Our child care consultants work with providers and teachers to ensure that emergency plans are up-to-date and recommend support materials for helping children and teachers cope with the aftermath of any emergency. At DECAL, our top priority is the health and safety of Georgia's youngest learners."

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