Child Care Aware® of America Announces Violence and Active Shooter Advisory Committee

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

Todd Barnhouse
Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association

Patty Barron
Director, Family Programs
Association of the United States Army

Renee Boynton-Jarrett
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

John Correia
Active Self Protection

Jennifer Crouch
Center Manager
Ozarks Technical Community College

Andrea E. Davis
Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity
The Walt Disney Company

Kama Einhorn
Senior Content Specialist
Sesame Workshop

Sabine Ferran Gerhardt
Associate Professor
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

Richard Serino
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
National Preparedness Leadership Initiative;
Former Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

CCAoA Staff

Julie Looper Coats
Senior Advisor
Emergency Preparedness

Liz Fiato
Deputy Director

Holly Nett
Community Resilience

Maggie Norton
GIS Analyst
Emergency Preparedness

Andrew Roszak
Senior Director
Emergency Preparedness

To request additional information, or schedule a training, please contact the Child Care Aware® of America Emergency Preparedness Team at and click on the Request Training/Technical Assistance link or email us at

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