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Pandemic Preparedness Expertise
Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, has been involved in pandemic preparedness since 2009, he serves as the executive director for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, as Chief of Preparedness, Health and Environment for the Region II Head Start Association and as an adjunct professor in the school of community and environmental health at Old Dominion University.
Roszak has worked on emergency preparedness issues at the local, regional, state, and federal level for the past twenty years. He was formerly the senior director of emergency preparedness at Child Care Aware of America, senior public health advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Emergency Care Coordination Center and senior director of environmental health, pandemic preparedness, and catastrophic response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he worked with the CDC and the 3,100 local health departments in the United States each day to help prepare communities for pandemics and disasters. Roszak began his emergency preparedness career as a firefighter, paramedic and is certified as a hazardous materials technician and in hazardous materials operations. Roszak also served as Health Policy Fellow for the United States Senate Budget and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees during the 110th and 111th Congress. Roszak is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the District of Columbia and before the US Supreme Court.
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness was founded by Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P in August 2018. Andrew founded the Institute to help Early Childhood, K-12, After School Programs, Head Start Programs, Government Organizations, Houses of Worship, and Camps prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergencies.
Our motto is: Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!
On average, children spend 36 hours a week in a child care setting. The needs of early childhood professionals are very specific - Andrew founded the Institute For Childhood Preparedness to directly address these needs and empower individuals.
As of June 2020, the course has been delivered to more than 20,000 participants across 20 states and to 9 Tribal Nations and Washington, DC.
Active Shooter Preparedness Training
Our active shooter preparedness trainings are designed specifically for early childhood providers. At our active shooter preparedness trainings and workshops, participants learn evidence-based techniques and strategies on how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. Participants at our workshops also learn how to conduct drills, develop a customized plan and work together to ensure staff, teachers, and children are best prepared.
The course features a hands-on portion, where the tools and techniques discussed in the class are put to use. Our active shooter training courses are designed to prepare, not scare - no live or simulated ammunition are used in our training. Practical and hands-on exercises are conducted in a calm environment, designed to ensure that all participants learn and can practice these vital techniques.
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.
As of July 2020, our online courses have been delivered to more than 40,000 participants across the United States, Canada, and Europe!
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. Therefore, we offer all of our courses in English and Spanish. 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%).