Childcare Safety: Is Your Center Prepared? [Webinar]

In this webinar we welcomed Andrew and Ronald Roszak from The Institute for Childhood Preparedness! Andy and Ron dived into the most common security and safety issues that are seen in childcare, especially around the holidays, and how we can take actionable steps to be more prepared. They shed light on the biggest trends they are seeing in society after two years of COVID (such as frustration and an increase in violence) and how shifting the way we approach staff training, from a chore to an investment, can help us be more prepared for the future.

🎤Our Special Guests:

Andrew Roszak from The Institute for Childhood Preparedness!

Andrew is a JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, serves as the executive director for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, as Chief of Preparedness, Health and Environment for the Region II Head Start Association and as an adjunct professor in the school of community and environmental health at Old Dominion University. For the past six years, he has been working full time on emergency preparedness, response and recovery issues impacting the early childhood sector – child care and family child care programs, after school care, Head Start and Early Head Start.

Ronald Roszak from The Institute for Childhood Preparedness!

Ronald  serves as the senior safety advisor for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. Previously, Ron has served as a subject matter emergency preparedness expert for Child Care Aware® of America, supporting their Emergency Preparedness Team. Ronald has over 20 years of distinguished service as a law enforcement professional, including experience as a patrol officer, tactical unit supervisor, watch commander, detective and community outreach officer.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Andrew and Ronald!

  • Actionable childcare safety measures we can take to help our center be prepared. 
  • A look through at the most common security/safety issues that are seen during on-site audits and evaluations. 
  • The biggest trends that are being seen in society after 2 years of COVID and how we can help deal with these through de-escalation techniques.
  • Staff training and shifting the way we think about preparedness – from a chore to an investment.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!