When faced with tragedy, we often begin by asking “Why?”. The elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas has forced us all to yet again ask why. While trying to answer the question of why is important, it is equally important for all of us to use our grief as a catalyst for advocacy and change. Regardless of what we each believe that change should be, it is clear that change is a necessity to ensure our children are safe. Early childhood educators and parents should remember that they have a voice. Without advocates for children, there is no change. If we all feel that it is up to someone else to fix the problem then there is no change. Each of us can play a pivotal role in changing laws and procedures both inside our schools and out. Consider learning more about advocacy and methods for change through H&H Child Care Training Center’s course From Leadership to Change. This 2-hour training is offered online and aims to help providers learn how to advocate for causes and policies that are important to them in order to make lasting change in the field of early childhood education.
The tragedy in Uvalde also makes us look at our safety protocols and procedures. Will they be effective? Are they enough? It is important for all child care programs and schools to practice rigorous safety procedures with fidelity. If you are questioning the effectiveness of your program’s safety procedures consider signing up for H&H Child Care Training Center’s Emergency and Disaster Preparedness training course. This 6-hour course is offered online in a self-paced format.