Photo left to right: Parke Brown, Beth Hoffer and Contrell Armor, Youth Development Coordinators with 21st Century Community Learning Centers at Center for Schools and Communities
HARRISBURG, Pa., October 8, 2019 — Center for Schools and Communities staff head to Pittsburgh today to distribute emergency readiness go-kits and provide training focused on safety in afterschool. In the upcoming weeks, they will do the same across the state.
The effort is part of Pennsylvania Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) initiative. 21st CCLC is a federally funded program dedicated exclusively to supporting local afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs.
The go-kits prepare afterschool classrooms for emergencies, field trips or anytime they are “on the go.” The kits include a trauma pack with items necessary for educators to practice “Stop the Bleed” while waiting for emergency responders.
The contents of a standard go-kit includes: lockdown magnet for door jamb, first aid kit, gloves, hand sanitizer, water, heavy duty plastic bags, clipboard with tablet and pens, scissors, paper towel roll, duct tape, tissue packs, whistle, glow stick, rain poncho, dust mask and safety vest.
Center for Schools and Communities staff will offer five regional trainings on emergency readiness in Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Norristown and Philadelphia. Go-Kits were provided by Edu-Care Services for Pennsylvania’s 21st CCLC programs.