The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, in collaboration with the Enough Abuse Campaign, is committed to supporting Early Childhood Educators in promoting healthy development and protecting children from sexual abuse. We have designed several tools to support these efforts.
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, The Enough Abuse Campaign, and Anne Douglass, PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, have collaborated to produce this training and Manual for Trainers for the training.
The training is for Early Childhood Educators who work with children ages 0 to 5. The goal of the training is to demonstrate a model for responding to sexual behaviors to promote healthy child development and prevent child sexual abuse. The training draws upon the latest research on child sexual abuse prevention to provide new information and strategies about how to increase early education professionals’ skills and confidence in responding proactively to issues of sexual development and sexual abuse. The training is structured to facilitate practical application of the “take home messages.” It utilizes adult learning principles to engage participants, build upon prior knowledge, and gives participants practice translating new skills and knowledge to their own work. The training includes the use of PowerPoint with photos and other visual aids. Participants engage in active learning techniques throughout the training, which includes small group problem-solving with scenarios, large group discussion, and group activities.
All training materials are available in English and Spanish.
The training manual is intended as a guide to allow an experienced trainer to deliver the training. It includes detailed descriptions of each activity including: the purpose of the activity, learning objectives, preparing to lead the activity, and detailed instructions, including some scripts, on how to lead the activity.
To download the Training and Manual for Trainers in English and/or Spanish for free, please click here and complete a short request form. The information on the request form will allow us to tell our funders who is interested in this type of materials.
We also provide individual consultation to Directors of child care centers on how to improve their policies in order to prevent child sexual abuse and promote healthy development and communicate with parents on these issues. If you are interested, please contact Melissa at BARCC.