Child Care Aware® of America is leading a new initiative aimed to develop an innovative curriculum for child care providers surrounding the topics of violence, active shooter incidents, and gun safety.
While there have been numerous acts of violence during the past ten years, including 384 incidents involving an active shooter last year alone, there has been little effort to better equip child care providers to prepare for and respond to these situations. The challenge facing child care professionals is daunting – caring for our youngest and most vulnerable who are largely unable to assist themselves and can often not easily follow emergency protocols in a crisis.
Based on needs requested by the child care community, Child Care Aware® of America has spearheaded efforts in this space by establishing an advisory committee to guide this important work. Providing insight and direction for this initiative is the Violence and Active Shooter Advisory Committee, comprised of trusted leaders and experts in the fields of violence prevention, emergency management, disaster resilience, education, public health, and child care. These trusted voices will provide input and strategic direction to the newly-developed curriculum and larger efforts in this space, with the aim of ensuring child care providers are better equipped to care for children during challenging situations.
A listing of Child Care Aware® of America Violence and Active Shooter Advisory Committee can be found below:
Lt. Stewart Anderson
Natrona County Emergency Management
Natrona County, Wyoming
Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association
Director, Family Programs
Association of the United States Army
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Active Self Protection
Ozarks Technical Community College
Andrea E. Davis
Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity
The Walt Disney Company
Senior Content Specialist
Sabine Ferran Gerhardt
Child & Family Development
The University of Akron
Walter S. Gilliam
Asst. Prof. Child Psychiatry & Psychology
Child Study Center – Yale University
J Brian Houston
Disaster and Community Crisis Center, University of Missouri
Jerry T. Monier, Jr.
Associate Director, Research and Development
National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
Louisiana State University
Paul E. Petersen
Emergency Preparedness Program
Tennessee Department of Health
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
National Preparedness Leadership Initiative;
Former Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Julie Looper Coats
To request additional information, or schedule a training, please contact the Child Care Aware® of America Emergency Preparedness Team at http://childcareprepare.org and click on the Request Training/Technical Assistance link or email us at [email protected].