Institute for Childhood Preparedness

Welcome to the Institute for Childhood Preparedness Online Training Courses! We're so happy you're here.

Our Story

The Institute For Childhood Preparedness was founded by Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P in August 2018. Andrew founded the Institute to help early childcare professionals prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergencies.

Children are the most vulnerable population in the United States, and 61% of children under the age of 5 spend time in a childcare setting. The needs of the early childhood community are very specific, that’s what compelled Andrew to start the Institute For Childhood Preparedness.


Experts in Early Childhood Preparedness

Our multidisciplinary team is made up of award-winning first responders and early childhood education specialists with decades of real-world experience. The Institute is the only organization providing training that is specifically designed for early childhood professionals and those caring for infants, toddlers, and children.

Our team members’ backgrounds include:

  • Emergency preparedness
  • Public health
  • Environmental health
  • Law, policy, and regulation
  • Law enforcement tactics
  • Disaster response and recovery
  • Program and curriculum development and evaluation
  • Public speaking and consensus building


Enhance Your Online Courses With On-Site Training:

Our experienced trainers travel on-site to your facility or in your community. Choose from:

  • Active Shooter Preparedness Training
  • Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training
  • Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Training
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Safety Summit
  • Site Safety Surveys and Risk Management
  • Self Defense Training
  • Multidisciplinary Events
  • Stop the Bleed Training
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To date, we have trained over 17,000 early childhood professionals across 20 states, 9 Tribal Nations, and Washington D.C.


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Andrew Roszak-JD, MPA, EMT-P: Andrew serves as the executive director at the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, where he oversees work designed to enhance emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for early childhood professionals. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he helps train the next generation of public health professionals in the department of community and environmental health. Previously Roszak has served as the Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials – where he worked with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the 3,100 local health departments in the United States to increase pandemic preparedness efforts.

Ronald Roszak: 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.

Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Early Childhood Education Experts: Our online courses will feature subject matter experts that will enhance your online learning.

Core Competencies Standards

We know that every state has its own set of standards and protocols regarding statewide training and professional and career development courses for the early childhood community. Our online training courses were researched, developed, and designed with input from early childhood professionals, child care providers, directors and administrators, early childhood learning institutions, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, public health professionals, public policy experts, emergency management, and law enforcement.

During our on-site training, we seek professional guidance and feedback from early childhood professionals. Our online courses reflect this feedback, and we aim to provide early childhood professionals with the latest and most informative core competency learning standards. We do not expect early childhood professionals to be emergency preparedness experts, therefore our online training courses provide skills, abilities, qualities, and actionable tips and policies. Our training enables early childhood communities across the country, so they can serve the children in their care and provide a safe and prepared environment.

Who Are These Online Training Courses For?

Early childhood professionals have an awesome responsibility. Not only do they provide a caring environment for infants, toddlers, and children, but they also must provide a safe and secure environment. Our online training courses provide early childhood professionals with resilience, confidence, and a strong learning foundation to protect children in an emergency or natural disaster.

We know that the needs of the early childhood community are very specific. That’s why we designed our courses to meet the needs of early childhood professionals, those that care for infants, toddlers, and children, Child Care Resource and Referral organizations, parents, teachers, child care providers, directors and administrators, and early childhood learning institutions.

All the topics that we cover in our online training courses are approached in a safe and calm manner. We aim to address the specific needs of the early childhood community, and we wholeheartedly agree that children should be allowed to learn, grow, and dream without the threat of aggressive preparedness policies. During our online training courses, we never call for unannounced drills or simulated violence of any kind. Instead, we provide actionable ways for child care providers to teach children about emergency preparedness, response, and recovery in a developmentally age-appropriate way.

Assessments and Student Accountability

Our online training courses keep students actively engaged and eager to learn. We have designed our courses with a learn at your pace approach; students can start and stop courses at their convenience, go back and re-learn or refresh course topics, and students also have access to the online courses for one full year from the time of purchase.

Our teaching approach is warm, calm, and respectful, and we make sure no student is left behind. With a mix of slides, graphics, videos, and other creative visuals, students feel empowered, focused, energetic, and ready to learn. We have framed our coursework to meet the needs of the early childhood community, making sure that everyone can participate and put our practices to use in a child care setting. Because our courses make participants feel empowered and confident, students have the desire to continue learning and building upon each lesson in our online course catalog.

Time Awarded for Online Training Courses

Upon the successful completion of each online training course, participants are awarded a certificate of completion. Each certificate states the name of the student, course minutes, name of the course, and date the course was completed. The time awarded for the course is equal to the amount of time used to complete the course.