SAFETY SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM
A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY
Advance your preparedness efforts in as little as 30 minutes each month. Invest in Preparedness!
The goal of the Safety Spotlight is to help make measurable progress towards enhancing safety, security and preparedness for early childhood programs monthly tasks focused on specific topics.
These topics are chosen in a way that is designed to help make emergency preparedness more manageable – and advance overall emergency preparedness efforts. Each participating program also receives access to our private Facebook group – where you receive real-time access to experts. For those programs that do not have access to Facebook, email may be used. The Safety Spotlight provides a forum for programs to learn about and discuss trending topics, ask questions, connect with colleagues and more!
Topics may include:
Lighting/parking lot safety
Insurance Information and Policies
and more . . .
How does it work?
Each month program participants receive specialized instruction on a specific topic:
Participating programs will be asked to complete one preparedness-related task each month. These tasks are designed to engage staff, but take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
The monthly task will be accompanied by expert instruction – providing you with the latest information and leading practices related to that particular subject.
Programs will submit evidence of completing the monthly task – and overall progress will be tracked.
Once a program successfully completes 9 months’ worth of tasks, the program will be awarded a special plaque that recognizes their commitment to preparedness.
Safety Spotlight by the Numbers
Total Tasks Submitted
ANDREW ROSZAK - JD, MPA, EMT-P
Executive Director at the Institute for Childhood Preparedness
Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-Paramedic, 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. For the past six years, he has been working full time on emergency preparedness, response and recovery issues impacting the early childhood sector – child care and family child care programs, afterschool care, Head Start and Early Head Start. Roszak was formerly the Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness at Child Care Aware of America, Senior Public Health Advisor for the US 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 each day to help prepare communities and the healthcare sector 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.
Senior Safety Advisor
Ronald serves as the senior safety advisor for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. Previously, Ron has served as a subject matter emergency preparedness expert for Child Care Aware® of America, supporting their Emergency Preparedness Team. Ronald has over 20 years of distinguished service as a law enforcement professional, including experience as a patrol officer, tactical unit supervisor, watch commander, detective and community outreach officer. Ronald has a long history of conducting community outreach and training and was one of the first community educators for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program. He has received specialized instructor training from the Los Angeles Police Department, is a graduate of Marquette University, and is certified as an active shooter instructor from the ALICE Training Institute, which specializes in active shooter trainings for civilians.
Ronald’s experience also includes conducting corporate investigations, including fraud detection and prevention and private security for Fortune 500 companies. In recognition for his outstanding service, Ronald has been awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM
"Thank you for taking the time to put this together. As a center Director, I am always busy and it is easy to just add things to the to-do list, however this training series made me stop and be intentional in addressing safety."
"Thanks to the tasks and information provided we have ended the year with a new reunification plan implemented, our staff is trained in fire extinguisher usage, we are mindful of the types of insurance we carry, and we are better aware of our digital footprint and how what we put out to the public can be interpreted by predators. We appreciate all that we have learned."
"Thank you for putting this program together. You covered topics so thoroughly and I feel like some changes I have made really have improved the safety of my program and my own knowledge. Thank you for opening this program to home daycare which are often overlooked."