National Childcare Disaster Readiness Certification

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a Childcare Disaster Readiness Certification!

Your commitment to child safety and dedication to exceeding the "minimums" is to be commended!!

Our brochure National Childcare Disaster Readiness Certification (available below) provides a great overview of the certification program, prices, and requirements.

Levels of Certification

There are three types of childcare disaster readiness certification offered: the Bronze Level, the Silver Level, and the Gold Level. 

  • Certification at Bronze Level indicates the childcare has not just met, but exceeded, state disaster preparedness levels.

  • Certification at Silver Level indicates the childcare has exceeded 2014 Childcare Development and Block Grant Act requirements.

  • Certification at Gold Level indicates the childcare has exceeded the 2010 National Commission on Children and Disaster recommendations.

Re-Certification and Upgrades
All certifications are valid for two years from approval of designated level. To maintain certification through the re-evaluation period (should that exceed the expiration date), it is recommended that applications be submitted 60-90 days prior expiration to allow sufficient time for evaluation to be determined prior to certification culmination. Re-certification fees are offered at a 15% discount to reward commitment to maintenance of disaster ready standards.

Childcare organizations that would like to submit an application for upgrade within the same calendar year can do so at a discounted rate. Lower level certifications applied for and granted only need the annotation of date conferred.  These upgrade requests will be discounted 50%, and the qualification awards (if applicable) will be backdated to the original certification date.

If the application exceeds the expiration date of the previous certification award, childcare organizations will need to submit a new application and will not qualify for the discounted upgrade rate.


To submit an application, National Childcare Disaster Readiness Certification candidates must:

  • Complete the appropriate application (based on certification level)
  • Submit the application for evaluation to contact@blockusa.org. Please write in "Certification Application" in message subject line. Please also indicate  that the certification payment has been made, and by whom, in the message body.
  • Submit the certification payment fee via the PayPal link below. Checks may also be accepted. 

Please contact us at contact@blocksusa.org with any questions you might have about certification, how to submit your application, or payment issues.


Certification Fee Payment

Please use the fee table provided to calculate your certification fee payment. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to pay via a different means. We can be reached at contact@blocksusa.org

Thank you again for your commitment to child safety and disaster readiness!

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card


BLOCKS Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level National Childcare Disaster Readiness Certifications are not in any manner intended to serve as a warranty, representation, guarantee, or promise regarding the quality of performance or safety procedures utilized by the childcare program. The certification program is only intended to establish criteria relevant to disaster readiness to be met, and certify that the BLOCKS certified childcare program has met the established criteria based upon an objective evaluation of the materials provided by that program. A program’s status as a BLOCKS certified childcare program is an indicator that the program has satisfied the specific criteria identified as necessary for the appropriate certification level; however, certification is not a guarantee or assurance of the competence or performance of the program. BLOCKS specifically disclaims any and all liability for any third party claims, actions, causes of action, judgments, liabilities, monetary losses, or injuries or damages to persons or property arising out of or resulting from the services performed by, or any errors or omissions on the part of, any BLOCKS certified childcare program. In conducting the certification program, including issuing certifications, BLOCKS is not undertaking to render professional or other services for or on behalf of any certified childcare program, nor is BLOCKS undertaking to perform any duty owed by any person or entity.  Any individual using the services of a BLOCKS certified childcare program should rely on his or her own independent judgment as appropriate in determining the exercise of reasonable care in any given circumstances.