Article Out Loud – A Plan to Protect the Youngest Children

Full article by Marie O’Connell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, June 5, 2024. 

In this feature article, the executive director of a non-profit organization serving children and educators describes a safety program in Florida that is free to schools. Most educational and training programs for protecting schools against targeted violence, drugs, and human trafficking do not include the youngest students. 

Listen to expert insights on how Florida and other states can close the preparedness gap for preschoolers.

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Marie O’Connell

Marie O’Connell is the executive director of From Cradle to College Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization serving children and educators throughout the state of Florida. This role encompasses her experiences in business operations, human resources, risk management, and community service. Her passion for protecting young children led her to develop and lead a team that brings unique and relevant education to early educators through the PEARLS program.



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