Julie Looper Coats

Julie Looper Coats
Julie Looper Coats serves as the Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at Child Care Aware® of America. Her professional service includes work as Senior Program Analyst for the Medical Reserve Corps project at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, D.C., where she supported Public Health Preparedness efforts across the country. Julie also has experience in emergency preparedness and response at the local level, working at the Oklahoma City – County Health Department from 2010-2014, where she managed the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps during several severe weather deployments, as well as provided support during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and other large-scale events. Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Recent Posts

COVID-19: CCR&R Successes During Unprecedented Times

By Julie Looper Coats on April 07, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic inundated the child care system, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) received helpful funds from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support and provide relief to Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) member organizations across the country. In the summer and fall of 2020, CCAoA used the funds to provide CCR&Rs with resources to meet pressing needs within their communities.  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building, Professional Development, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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La limpieza y desinfección en programas de cuidado infantil

By Julie Looper Coats on January 14, 2021

Las agencias de recursos y referencias del cuidado infantil (CCR&R) y los proveedores se han puesto en contacto con Child Care Aware® of America con preguntas sobre cómo asegurarse de que sus programas se limpien correctamente y estén listos cuando los programas de cuidado infantil se reabran.

Primero, es importante comprender la diferencia entre limpiar, sanitizar y desinfectar. En resumen, limpiar significa eliminar la suciedad o los gérmenes de una superficie; sanitizar se refiere a reducir la cantidad de patógenos o bacterias en esa superficie limpia; la desinfección mata todas las bacterias en superficies duras y no porosas. La distinción entre los tres puede parecer borrosa, por lo que hemos recopilado algunos de los enlaces más útiles de socios en salud pública para asegurarnos de que esté listo y preparado. 

Topics: En español

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National Preparedness Month

By Julie Looper Coats on September 04, 2020

It’s September! And as you may know, each September is recognized as National Preparedness MonthPreparedness Month promotes family and community disaster planning now, during the month, and throughout the year. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Cleaning and Disinfecting in Child Care Programs

By Julie Looper Coats on May 20, 2020

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies and providers have contacted Child Care Aware® of America with questions about how to ensure their programs are properly cleaned and ready when child care programs reopen. 

First, it’s important to understand the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. In short, cleaning means removing dirt or germs from a surface; sanitizing refers to reducing the number of pathogens or bacteria on that cleaned surface; disinfecting kills all bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces. The distinction between the three can seem blurry, so we have gathered some of the most helpful links from partners in public health to ensure you are ready and prepared.   

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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When Should I Close My Child Care Program? A COVID-19 Flowchart

By Julie Looper Coats on March 20, 2020

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) understands that this is an uncertain time for child care providers, as they make difficult decisions around what's best for the business, community and families they serve. The safety and well being of staff, family members and children is of utmost importance.  

Note: This post and infographic were originally published on March 17, 2020 and were last updated with additional clarifications on November 25, 2020.

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Updates and Resources for Child Care Providers and CCR&Rs

By Julie Looper Coats on March 05, 2020

The Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) Emergency Preparedness team is committed to ensuring the child care sector has the support it needs in times of uncertainty. Emergency preparedness, response and recovery is vital for the well-being of children, families and communities.   

We understand that you may feel confused or unsure about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) could potentially affect your program, staff, children and families that you serve. We have heard your questions and continue to research and share up-to-date resources and solutions. This week, we are drawing attention to several guidance documents, leading practices and training tools that can assist you in the coming weeks. 

Topics: Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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