4 Situations Where Early Learners and Early Learning Education Saved Lives


Does your early learner know what to do in an emergency? Although ideally there will always be an adult around to handle dangerous circumstances, sometimes unexpected situations arise. See below for four stories involving early learners saving lives in emergency situations! 


Color_blocks.jpgFive-year-old saves grandmother’s life using information from fire safety class at school

This February in Kenner, Louisiana, 5-year-old pre-kindergartner Cloe awoke to the sound of the fire alarm going off in her house. Her blind grandmother had been cooking in the kitchen and the stove unexpectedly caught fire. Cloe ran from her bedroom and told her grandmother to grasp her shoulder so that she could lead the woman outside. As soon as her grandmother was safely away from the home, Cloe ran to her neighbors’ house to ask them to call 911. This past October, Cloe’s preschool class had visited the fire station and learned about fire safety. This knowledge and Cloe’s decisive actions saved her and her grandmother’s lives.



blog22916Three-year-old calls 911 and saves mom’s life using information learned at her child care center

In the Fall of 2010, three-year-old Sereniti’s mother fell and became unconscious. The quick-thinking three-year-old had been taught at her child care center to dial 911 and stay on the line—which is exactly what she did. Sereniti called 911 and repeatedly told the operator that her mother had fallen on the floor. When the emergency responders arrived, Sereniti opened the front door to them and led them to her mom. According to her mother, Sereniti saved her life.



blog02292016-838736-edited.jpgFour-year-old calls 911, gives address and saves mom and baby brother’s lives

Early last year, 4-year-old Calise of Kalamazoo, Michigan saw her 9-months-pregnant mother fall to the ground due to an epileptic seizure. Because Calise’s mother is epileptic, she had previously taught Calise what to do in an emergency. Due to Calise’s quick-thinking in dialing 911, giving her address, and staying cool and collected on the phone, the early learner saved the lives of her mother and baby brother, who was born later that day.



blog2292016.jpgFour-year-old calls 911, sings address, and saves mom

In 2009, four-year-old Alex had only lived in his new home for three weeks when his mother fell down the stairs and became unconscious. Because the family had planned not to have a landline, Alex’s mother knew it was very important for the four-year-old to memorize his address as soon as possible. In addition to teaching him how to dial 911, Alex’s mother taught him to memorize his address through a song. As soon as Alex realized his mother wasn’t responding, he immediately used her cell phone to call 911 and sang their address to the emergency responder.



In each of these stories, adults had taken structured time to instruct early learners on what to do in an emergency situation. Make sure your early learner knows what to do in case of dangerous situations, especially those where adults may not be present.

Posted 3/1/16

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Topics: Safety

Claudia Auger

Written by Claudia Auger

A volunteer for Child Care of Southwest Florida