Department of Children & Family Services | State of Louisiana
September 2, 2011

To: Child Care Center owners and Family Child Day Care Home providers

Prepare for Tropical Storm Lee, Possible Flooding in Coastal. Low-Lying Areas

Recently upgraded Tropical Storm Lee is moving toward Louisiana and is expected to make landfall, and possibly strengthen, in the next 48 hours. Governor Jindal has declared a state of emergency in response to the potential flooding due to heavy rainfall that is expected with this system. DCFS is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Lee out of concern for your safety and the safety of the children and families you serve.

At this time, please remember to take the following steps to prepare:

  • Stay up-to-date with the status of this storm and the potential for possible flooding in your area.
  • Be sure to review and update evacuation and safety plans as needed
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions below and be ready if a declaration of disaster is made for your parish
  • Let families know how you will communicate if you are unable to reopen
  • Be safe
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) describe the process needed to prevent an avoidable lapse in CCAP payments and Child Care Licensing after a disaster. If a parish is declared a disaster, child care centers and family child care homes in that parish will be required to complete a Center or Family Child Care Home Re-Opening Form. This form will not be posted until a declaration of disaster is made.
These FAQs will be posted for reference on the DCFS website,, under Child Care Provider Important Updates, which you can find through the Service Provider tab on the main page. Please visit the DCFS' website often, especially durning this emergency, for updates and information for child care providers. DCFS also will broadcast messages related to this weather event via the POS device and IVR as needed.

Angie Badeaux
Licensing Section

Gail Kelso
Child Development & Early Learning Section

627 N. Fourth St. | Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | PH: (225) 342-0286 | FX: (225) 342-8636 |

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