PEARLS is the Coalition’s newest program - and stands for Preschool Emergency Alert Response Learning System.
The Coalition has partnered with local law enforcement (Palmetto Police, Bradenton Police, Manatee County Sheriff’s Department) to develop a program on possible ways to handle emergency situations and full training is now available to our childcare providers.
In addition to providing training and awareness of potential dangers, we have also established a notification system, which is the first of its kind in the state of Florida. Law Enforcement will notify the Coalition of significant police activity, and the Coalition will send out a phone notification to alert the childcare providers within approximately a 1 mile radius of that activity.
It will be up to the center director’s discretion (or that of their assignee) to determine how to best handle the situation. We encourage you to sign up for our training and develop a plan of action for potential scenarios well in advance of any occurrence. We also sincerely hope that there is no need for a notification call or implementation of a plan. However, we must Educate, Prepare and Protect so that we will be ready if a situation calls for action.
We invite you to sign up for the training by contacting Peggy Sammons at (941) 757-2900 ext. 269. Our PEARLS team will come to train during an evening staff meeting, during naptime for two days to train part of your staff while allowing you to maintain coverage for the children, or at another convenient time for you.
We are flexible and will try our best to accommodate your needs; we believe this training will be highly valuable for your center. A certificate of in-service hours will be provided for each of your trained staff and the center as well.