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Advance your preparedness efforts in as little as 30 minutes each month.

Invest in Preparedness!

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We have specifically created the Safety Spotlight program as a way to keep preparedness at the forefront.

The goal of the Safety Spotlight is to help make measurable progress towards enhancing safety, security and preparedness for early childhood programs. 

Cohort 1 - August 2022 to April 2023

Cohort 2 - April 2023 to December 2023

Timeline: 9 Months

Time Commitment: Less than 30-minutes each month

Facilitators: Andrew Roszak and Ronald Roszak

Topics may include:

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Fire Safety

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Lighting/parking lot safety

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Employee HR Issues (such as termination)

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De-escalation techniques

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Emergency communications

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Crisis communications

and more . . .

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How does it work?

Each month program participants receive specialized instruction on a specific topic:

  • These topics are chosen in a way that is designed to help make emergency preparedness more manageable – and advance overall emergency preparedness efforts.

  • 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.

  • 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!


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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. 

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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.


"This is a much needed common sense reminder. It's a simple task but holds so much weight in security."

"This was very timely as we actually had an employee start a small fire in the microwave in October. Luckily it wasn't a serious fire, but it definitely made us all aware on safe practices to implement."

"I am very grateful for the time that you have taken preparing these small task it really help keeps me on my toes. Thank you!"

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