Premium Preparedness Partner Program
Special pricing for our new online courses - available for a limited time
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.
- Dr. Betsy Kagey, Ph.D.: Dr. Betsy Kagey has worked in public health and emergency preparedness and response for 15 years and she most recently worked with the Georgia Department of Public Health. Her primary focus includes planning and preparing for and with vulnerable populations. Dr. Kagey currently resides in Upstate New York and consults on public health emergency preparedness, planning, and response.
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 Our 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.
We are so excited to announce the availability of our online courses. We will be rolling out new courses and content over the next several months. Right now, we are offering a limited time opportunity.
Limited Time Offer: Save $20!
You can become a Premium Preparedness Partner today for $139.
What you get as a Premium Preparedness Partner:
- Early access to our new courses. We are developing 6 new courses, so you will have access to 7 total courses, a total of 3.5 hours of online training.
- Premium Preparedness Partners receive early access to our new courses.
- Unlimited viewing for 1 year.
- Certificates provided after successful completion of each course.
- Discount on in-person training.
- Opportunity to provide feedback on courses and topics that you would like to see!
This discounted price allows you to support our work and receive priority access to our new content as it is developed.Note: this provides for one registration for one person. The person enrolled in the course will receive a completion certificate. If multiple individuals will require completion certificates, then additional seats need to be purchased.We are committed to rolling out at least six additional 30-minute courses in 2020. The courses include:
- Situational Awareness
- Working with Law Enforcement
- Site Safety & Security
- Response Options
- Drills & Making Your Plan
Premium Preparedness Partners will also receive discounts on our live in-person training sessions.
We love our Premium Preparedness Partners! We can't thank them enough for their support and for helping us to ensure that all early childhood programs throughout the United States are prepared and have access to the latest and greatest preparedness resources.
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Andrew Roszak 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. As part of this work, Mr. Roszak also serves as the Chief of Preparedness, Health and Environment for the Region 2 Head Start Association – where he oversees disaster recovery efforts for the US Caribbean – with staff in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 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 for Emergency Preparedness at Child Care Aware of America, Senior Preparedness Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials; at the MESH Coalition and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana, as the Senior Preparedness Advisor supporting Super Bowl 46 and the Indianapolis 500; as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; on the Budget and HELP Committees of the United States Senate; and at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Before becoming an attorney, Andrew served as a firefighter, paramedic, and hazardous materials technician in the Chicagoland area. Andrew has been recognized for his professional contributions from numerous organizations, including: Firefighter of the Year, Red Cross Everyday Hero Award, City of El Paso Texas Pillar of Public Health Award, and been featured as a Sesame Street Hero. Andrew has a BS in Fire Science Management, a Master of Public Administration, and a Juris Doctorate degree. He is admitted to the Illinois, District of Columbia Bars and to the U.S. Supreme Court.