The Institute for Childhood Preparedness was founded in 2018 with one goal – to help ensure early childhood programs are as safe and secure as possible. Our team is made up of experts in early childhood education and emergency preparedness and our instructors are award-winning first responders with decades of experience. Each program created by the Institute is designed to specifically address the unique situations faced by early childhood professionals and all of our programming is designed for those caring for infants, toddlers and children.
Our motto is: Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!
Our trainings have been delivered to over 100,000 PARTICIPANTS across the United States and Tribal Nations.
Active Shooter Preparedness Training
Our active shooter program is the only active shooter program developed and customized for professionals working in early childhood settings. During our Active Shooter Preparedness trainings, participants learn evidence-based techniques and strategies on how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. Participants at our workshops will 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. Our active shooter training courses are specifically designed to prepare, not scare - no live or simulated ammunition is used in our training
Online Preparedness Training
We recently launched an online training platform which includes supplementary training courses for our in-person training programs, emergency preparedness, response, and recovery courses, and over 9 hours of COVID-19 coronavirus training for early childhood professionals.
Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Our goal is to help early childhood organizations prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters and emergency situations. We conduct multidisciplinary workshops to ensure that emergency management, public health, law enforcement, first responders and early childhood organizations establish relationships prior to an emergency. We help organizations create detailed emergency response and recovery plans, as well as teach providers how to implement and practice preparedness trainings and drills in an appropriate manner to staff, parents, and children.
We recognize that emergency preparedness can be scary. We want to ensure that every child care provider has a great experience and is comfortable. Early childhood providers are experts at caring for young children, infants, and toddlers and creating a healthy, nurturing environment. They do a fantastic job. However, it is unfair to assume that they are experts in preparedness. Our multidisciplinary team bridges the gap - leveraging our experience and expertise and putting it into the appropriate context for early childhood settings and situations.
Children under 18 make up nearly 25% of the U.S. Population.
Approximately 60% of U.S. children are in child care settings before entering kindergarten.
Nearly 12 million children under the age of 5 receive child care.
More than 3 million children under the age of 5 are cared for by family child care providers.
There are approximately 4.7 million child care providers in the United States, including 1 million family child care providers.
Emergency events and natural disasters are inevitable. Providers, staff, parents, and children need to know the best ways to prepare, respond and recover.
- Disasters are on the rise.
- Disasters are costing more.
Disaster and Emergency Preparation
Childcare administrators reported being most prepared (very prepared/ prepared) for fires (91%), tornadoes (79%), floods (47%), active shooter situations (45%).
The Institute in the News
The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded the Institute for Childhood Preparedness the prestigious Authorized Provider accreditation. With IACET accreditation, the Institute for Childhood Preparedness joins the exclusive ranks of elite continuing education providers who meet this international standard of excellence in providing quality education and training instruction.
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