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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

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, emergency preparedness

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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, emergency preparedness

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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, emergency preparedness

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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, emergency preparedness

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Beat the Heat: The Heat Index

By Julie Looper Coats on June 20, 2019

July is the hottest time of year for much of the United States, according to the Weather Channel. With relative humidity and actual air temperature both peaking during the later summer months, the end of summer can be especially hazardous to children playing outside. Rather than just sweating it out and complaining about the heat, it’s critical to learn how to keep parents, child care providers and children safe when playing outside this summer. 

Topics: Professional Development, Best Practices, emergency preparedness

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Toy Safety: Making Safe Choices This Holiday Season So Children Can Have Fun

By Julie Looper Coats on December 10, 2018

The holiday season is a great time for family, friends and fun. It's also a time for giving gifts, especially for our excited little ones. When purchasing toys for our little ones, it's important that they are not only age appropriate but safe.

Topics: Parenting, Health & Safety, emergency preparedness

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