Information for parents in case of emergency

Fire Drills
Fire drills are conducted twice a month.  Fire drills rosters are posed in each classroom.  The roster lists the day of the drill, time and weather conditions.  All Staff members know the procedure for evacuating children out of the building. Each fire drill is timed to make sure we are out in a Quick but Safe condition.


In the event of an emergency and the Center must close:

  1. Parents will be contacted by the Director or Staff member.
  2. Children will remain at the center or designated site until parents are able to pick them up. You will be notified if we have to move to a designated site. Our sites are Turkey Thicket Recreation Center and Elsie Whitlow Stokes.
  3. Staff still remain on duty until all children are picked up by the parent or designated emergency contact person.
  4. When calling parents, we will use the Emergency Contact Roster only.
  5. Children will only be allowed to leave with the parent or the emergency contact person.
  6. Emergency contact person must show ID before they are allowed to leave with the children.
  7. Parents or designated person must sign the children out.

Reporting of Unusual Incidents

All incidents deemed inappropriate such as criminal, theft, death, injury, physical, sexual and verbal abuse, SHALL BE REPORTED to the Director, The Office of State Superintendent of Education,, The Department of Human Services and the Metropolitan Police Department.  No incident of accident will be left unchecked.


Emergency Contact Agencies

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

717 14th Street, NW

Washington DC 2002


202-576-9197 (FAX)


Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

1100 4th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20024


202-442-9445 (Fax)

Child Protective Services (CPS)

400 6th Street, SW 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20024

202-671-SAFE (7233)


202-4426497 (FAX)

OSSE/Office investigating

51 N Street, NW

Washington, DC 20002


202-576-9197 (Fax)


Early Child and Education Administration

717 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20002



202-727-2834 (FAX)

Department of Health/Child & Residential Care Family Division

825 North Capitol Street, NW

Washington, DC 20002



202-442-4795 or 202-448-9445 (FAX)

In the event of an emergency and the Center must “shelter in place” or move to a contingency location for one week or longer, below is a list of Center supplies:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned meats and fruit
  • Diapers
  • 24 Cases of Water
  • Bedding
  • Extra clothing
  • Plastic
  • Bleach
  • First Aid Kit
  • Duck Tape
  • Hand towels
  • Soap
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Flash Lights and batteries
  • Emergency Radio(hand crank/solar
  • Baby food and infant formula
  • Paper plates, cups & utensils
  • Games, books and toys etc.
  • Garbage bags
  • Blankets
  • Emergency Contact List