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Protecting Children: Coronavirus Considerations with Dr. Brent Kaziny

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Course Time: 30 Minutes

The Institute for Childhood Preparedness is committed to enhancing your safety and security. As part of our mission, we work with award-winning professionals who are recognized experts in their various fields to ensure you have access to the latest information and resources. We are happy to provide this FREE course focused on coronavirus and children. The course builds upon our 7-course coronavirus series – over 10.5 hours of coronavirus programming developed specifically for those caring for children. This free course features a conversation between the Institute for Childhood Preparedness’ Executive Director, Andrew Roszak, and Dr. Brent Kaziny of Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Kaziny shares his experience as a practicing physician specializing in pediatrics and also as a father of two young children.


During this free course, the following topics are discussed:

  • How coronavirus impacts children
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Discussion of health screenings
  • How the fall/winter flu season may impact coronavirus and how we should handle children that present at health screenings with fever/signs of illness
  • What is an incubation period and how does that impact testing for coronavirus
  • Considerations if you have a suspect coronavirus case in your program
  • Mitigating risk in the time of coronavirus
  • Tips for engaging parents as you reopen and continue operations at your child-serving program
  • From a parent perspective, things you can do to engage and reassure parents

In addition to learning valuable information, course participants will also receive a 10% discount to all of the other coronavirus courses offered by the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. You can access all of our coronavirus courses by visiting https://www.childhoodpreparedness.org/online.

Your Instructor


Dr. Brent Kaziny
Dr. Brent Kaziny

Dr. Brent D. Kaziny completed his medical degree at the University of Texas – Houston, School of Medicine. He started his pediatric intern year at Tulane University, where he received the Hurricane Katrina Code Grey Hero Award for his efforts caring for patients and assisting with the evacuation of Tulane Hospital during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His experience during Hurricane Katrina ignited his interest in pediatric disaster preparedness. After completing his intern year, he transferred to Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his residency training in general pediatrics. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Upon completing fellowship, Dr. Kaziny took a position as an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He has served as a subject matter expert on the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services curriculum development team for FEMA’s Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Course and continues to serve as the medical director for this course teaching it across the country. On a national level he serves as the Co-Director of the Disaster Domain for the Emergency Medical Services for Children – Innovations and Improvement Center. At Texas Children’s Hospital he works in the Emergency Center, is Director of All Hazards Preparedness and Response for the Section of Emergency Medicine, and serves as the Medical Director of Emergency Management and Co-Chair of the Emergency Management Committee. He was actively involved in Texas Children’s Hospital’s response to Hurricane Harvey and continues to be involved in ongoing efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Learn more about our offerings and check out all of our early childhood resources: The Institute for Childhood Preparedness.

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