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Protecting Children: Preventing Deaths from Hot Cars

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Protecting Children Series

Course Time: 45 Minutes

As part of our protecting children series, we are pleased to provide you with this free course from our friends at Kids and Cars. Did you know that over 940 children have died in hot cars nationwide since 1990? This course has been developed to help provide child care professionals with information, resources, and actionable tips to prevent these heartbreaking tragedies. Participants will learn from a mix of slides, graphics, and real-world scenarios.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • Describe at least two situations that can put parents more at risk for forgetting their child in a car
  • Identify at least two policies or procedures that can be put into place to help prevent these deaths
  • Describe how you would respond if you discovered a child alone in a hot car


Your Instructor


Amber Rollins
Amber Rollins

Amber Rollins

Amber Rollins is the Director of KidsAndCars.org. Ms. Rollins graduated from the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare.

While working towards her degree, Ms. Rollins worked at Community LINC in Kansas City, MO a transitional housing program to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for the families she served.

Ms. Rollins has always had a passion for helping others. She has been a provider and steadfast advocate for the developmentally disabled in many different arenas inspired by her sister and best friend. Ms. Rollins is also very passionate about animal protection and welfare.

Ms. Rollins began her career in injury prevention with KidsAndCars.org in 2005. She manages national public safety campaigns and major projects, develops strategic partnerships, coordinates the national survivor advocate program and volunteer network as well as media relations, grant writing and day-to-day operations. She also diligently maintains the organization’s unique national data collection system and analysis on nontraffic incidents.

Ms. Rollins has been featured in hundreds of local and national television, radio and newspaper interviews and regularly conducts safety presentations in the Kansas and Missouri markets. She has testified before the Kansas House and Senate Judiciary Committees and has helped pass legislation on the national and state level. Ms. Rollins is a co-author of a first of its kind study (Unintentional non-traffic injury and fatal events: Threats to children in and around vehicles) published in Traffic Injury Prevention in 2017.

Ms. Rollins currently resides in Olathe, KS with her son and beloved cats (Jackson and Charlie).


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