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Institute for Childhood Preparedness Highlighted in Belgium Documentary

Since launching in 2018, the Institute for Childhood Preparedness has been dedicated to helping child-serving programs become as safe, secure and prepared as possible. The Institute has trained over 100,000 individuals across the United States on the leading safety procedures and techniques - and the Institute's work is now also receiving international attention.

Recently, the Institute for Childhood Preparedness team spent the weekend being shadowed by a film production crew from the Belgian national public-service broadcasting network, VRT. The film crew joined the Institute on a recent trip to Austin, Texas, and captured footage of them training a large audience on active shooter preparedness, as well as working with a private child care program. The footage and interviews obtained will be featured on an upcoming documentary highlighting the efforts to enhance the safety of children in America.

The genesis of this extraordinary project began with director Louise, originally from Belgium married to a Texan, who embarked on a personal journey after the birth of her first child. A tragic incident in Uvalde shook her family in Europe and sparked concerns about the safety of children in American schools. Determined to address these concerns and shed light on school safety, Louise became motivated to dive into the topic and make a film about it.

"Being selected to participate in this documentary is an honor. This documentary provides a unique opportunity to showcase leading practices and demonstrate that these types of trainings can be effective, without being scary. As our motto states, don't be scared - be prepared!", said Institute for Childhood Preparedness' Executive Director Andrew Roszak.

The filming captured instructors from the Institute providing engaging presentations, hands-on activities, and meaningful discussions with early childhood professionals. Team members from the Institute also shared their experiences, knowledge, and passion for maintaining a safe environment for children.

The documentary is currently in production, with an anticipate release of Fall of 2023.


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