Engagement: Bridging the Gap

Public Awareness

BLOCKS help provide parents with tools and ideas for talking with kids about preparedness

We provide information to parents on the importance of engaging children in disaster preparedness discussions.

Business Continuity Community Engagement

BLOCKS helps business recognize the importance of planning for childcare recovery in a disaster

A business can't recover from disaster if it's parents can't return to work because of childcare concerns.

Engaging the Emergency Management Community

BLOCKS helps emergency mangers  recognize the importance of planning for childcare disaster recovery

Disaster is local. If parents don't return to work, communities don't recover.

Public Awareness

We attend community and business preparedness events. We provide information on the importance of talking with children about disaster BEFORE it happens.


Some events we have participated in recently include:

  • Amazon Prepare 2018 (Seattle, Washington)
  • Wear Blue to Remember (Dupont, Washington)
  • Starbucks Preparedness Fair (Seattle , Washington)

Our website is a vehicle for public awareness. It is a living document and we are always interested in input from our viewers that would enhance its value to multiple community segments.


If you would like us to participate in your disaster preparedness awareness event, or if you have thoughts or ideas for input into our website, please email us at contact@blocksusa.org.

Business Continuity Community Engagement

The importance of childcare is often under-recognized in the business community, but the reality is that many businesses would not be able to function without its existence in their local community.


We provide keynote and conference speaking support that help enable business continuity planners to holistically plan for disaster.


Most recently we provided a Keynote Speech at the:

  • 2018 Continuity Planners Association of the Carolinas (CPAC) Symposium (Concord, North Carolina)

If you would like to have us present at your conference, please email us at contact@blocksusa.org. Honorariums are appreciated and help defray travel and operational expenses.

Engaging the Emergency Management Community

Disaster is local. Emergency mangers work extremely hard to prepare their communities for disaster and recover, should on strike. BLOCKS leadership is comprised of many trained emergency managers and we are dedicated to helping bridge the gap between emergency management and childcare. 


We provide keynote and conference speaking support that help enable emergency mangers to better understand the needs and limitations of childcare.


Some of the emergency management community venues  we presented speeches at include:

  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conferences (Georgia & California)
    • Click here for the link to the EMVision Speech given at the 2016 IAEM Conference
  • Partners in Emergency Planning Conference (PIEPC)  (Tacoma, Washington)
  • Washington State Emergency Management Association Conference (Suquamich, Washington)

If you would like to have us present at your conference, please email us at contact@blocksusa.org. Honorariums are appreciated and help defray travel and operational expenses.

Childcare Accreditation and Regulation Agencies across the County - BLOCKS

Resources for Emergency Managers

Who Does Childcare Report To?

If you were to guess that it was the Department of Education that regulated childcare you may be incorrect. If you are assuming it is and your emergency operations center (EOC) has one seat for education (assuming childcare is part of that) - again, you might be wrong.


Each state is different. The map above highlights the different agencies that accredit or regulate childcare across the country. Within each of those agencies, not necessarily the same office or department runs the show.


Make sure you know who is going to be sitting in your EOC - is it the right person?



The below attachment has the agency responsible for child care licensing or regulation in each state 

as well as the link to each organization's website.

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