We are excited to offer the next Training of Trainers in the Care for Kids (for children ages 3-8) and We Care Elementary (for students in grades 3-6) programs at our home office in Montpelier, VT February 28th-March 2nd. Attendees may select the two day training option (Care for Kids only) or stay for the full three days to be trained in both programs.
Cost to attend is $500 for two days or $750 for three days. Registration cost includes daily breakfast and lunch as well as all curricular and training materials.
Care for Kids
Care for Kids was originally created in Ontario, Canada as a health-based early childhood healthy sexuality and abuse prevention curriculum. Since 1996, Vermont has used the Care for Kids curriculum in childcare facilities, schools, and home visitor settings. Since 2000, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has been the American Distributor for the curriculum. Since 2015, PCAVT has been the sole proprietor for the Care for Kids program nationally and internationally.
Children in this age group are receptive to learning about body parts, health and boundaries, making this an ideal time to lay the foundation for abuse prevention.
Care for Kids contains 6 units: Asking for Help, Feelings, Bodies, Babies, Asking for Permission and Wrap-Up. Each unit teaches and reinforces 2 to 4 simple, age-appropriate messages via a circle time, a book, and an activity or craft. The activities are designed to compliment the fact that children of this age group learn naturally through play and use schemas to assimilate new information. Information is presented in a matter-of-fact way using anatomically correct language.
We Care Elementary
Children in this age range have robust set of developmental tasks. Children develop awareness of self as well as of peers and social groups. With this newfound awareness comes the capacity for empathy and establishing their ideas about how to be in the world and how to treat others. Physiologically, older children are approaching puberty and beginning to wonder about sexual development. All of these factors make sexual abuse prevention especially timely for this age group and also make it especially important that the content is delivered in a developmentally appropriate way.
The We Care Elementary curriculum includes six lessons at each grade level. Each grade focuses on different topics related to healthy relationships. We Care moves beyond the concrete and physical nature of the Care for Kids lessons, capitalizing on childrens’ capacity for generalizing information and reflecting on their emotions and experiences.
3rd Grade: Communication and Understanding Feelings
4th Grade: Understanding Personal Boundaries
5th Grade: Recognizing Boundaries in Others
6th Grade: Understanding Sexual Harassment