Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE) is a program administered by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to ensure early care and education programs are located in safe places – so that children are not exposed to dangerous chemicals and other environmental contaminants during their care.

During recovery from disasters—including hurricanes, floods, and fires—impacted communities might be at risk for exposure to harmful chemicals. Places that were once safe for children may no longer be safe. Children are especially vulnerable, and identifying potential environmental exposures to children while they are in childcare is important. You can protect children by learning to recognize potential environmental exposures that exist during disaster recovery.

The Post Disaster Self-Assessment Form (PDSAF) aims to help early childhood programs make informed decisions about whether to reopen after a disaster. This online module will provide an introduction and overview of the Post Disaster Self-Assessment Form.

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