ACTIVE SHOOTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING
Learning Goals and Objectives:
Participants gain a deeper understanding of active shooter situations:
Describe the ways to increase security within your childcare program.
Summarize at least two lessons learned from previous mass shooting incidents.
Explain how to conduct effective active shooter drills.
Describe at least one method of keeping children calm and quiet.
Define common characteristics of mass shooters.
Describe the 3 different response actions which can be used during a violent event.
Identify at least two special considerations that need to be taken into account when working on active shooter drills with individuals with developmental disabilities.
Active shooter preparedness training for early childhood professionals is a critical component to keeping child care programs safe and secure. Unfortunately, active shooter events are on the rise. There were 611 mass shootings in 2020, and child care professionals need to train for these events just as they would for a fire, tornado, flood, or earthquake.
We designed our training course to meet the specific needs of early childhood professionals. We provide lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities designed to make your staff more prepared and empowered. We work with teachers in the classroom to develop and test response strategies and techniques. A typical course runs 3 hours, but any training can be customized to fit your schedule. To keep groups manageable, we usually conduct the session to 50 participants at a time.
At our active shooter preparedness training and workshops, participants learn evidence-based techniques and strategies on how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. Participants learn how to conduct drills, develop a customized plan, and work together to ensure staff, teachers, and children are best prepared. The course also features a hands-on portion, where the tools and techniques discussed in the class are put to use.
We are aware of other companies providing active shooter preparedness training with simulated violence and gunfire. We condemn these types of training, and we never simulate gunfire or perform unannounced drills during our active shooter preparedness training. Our training sessions are conducted in a calm, safe, and comfortable environment. Read a letter from our Executive Director, Andrew Roszak, about the dangers of simulated violence and unannounced drills.
We take all of our training very seriously. Our training is developed specifically for early childhood professionals by experts. Not only do we offer training courses, but in collaboration with Gryphon House and Kaplan, we have published the first and only book on this topic. This award-winning book provides you with tips, resources and information to help your preparedness efforts.