Partnering with DC Prep to Teach Young Kids about Body Safety
A “Care for Kids” Champion
Ms. Erin Stanley, a counselor at DC Prep’s elementary campus in
Northeast, smiles with enthusiasm when she talks about Care for Kids,
a research-based child sexual abuse prevention curriculum for young
children and their parents. Since August, Erin has partnered with Safe
Shores to implement Care for Kids at the charter school located in
D.C.’s Edgewood community. She sensed right away that the
partnership would be successful. “This is going to be fantastic in a
really meaningful way,” Erin recalls thinking when Safe Shores
introduced the program to DC Prep. “Very empowering for kids and
parents, and kid-friendly.”
Grade-Level Learning about Body Parts & Boundaries
Three times a week, Erin spends thirty minutes with a classroom of
kindergartners, leading them in age-appropriate conversations about
body parts and healthy boundaries. “We teach the anatomical names of body
parts and that it’s okay to say ‘no’ to an adult or peer if you don’t want to be touched,” Erin says. Adding, “We talk also about feelings to help our kids become attuned to how they and others express emotions.” The Care for Kids curriculum is designed to promote the emotional, social and healthy sexual development of young children. All total, Erin teaches 75 kindergartners, and the lessons are catching on. Erin recalls a student reaching out to hug her one morning, then stopped, asking “Miss Stanley, is it okay if I hug you?”
A Trauma-Informed Curriculum
In addition to nurturing a child’s healthy sexual development, the Care for Kids curriculum takes into consideration that some children in the room might currently be experiencing sexual abuse. So, instructors, such as Erin, use trauma-informed practices that avoid language that implies that a child is at fault if abused. To kick off Care for Kids at DC Prep, the counselling team held an information session with parents to discuss the program’s goals and objectives and to emphasize that adults are the first line of defense in protecting children from sexual abuse. “Parents liked the idea of building their children’s skills to talk about their bodies and boundaries,” Erin said. “Many families are having these discussions at home. They appreciate the support.”
If you would like to introduce Care for Kids in your school, please contact Erin McGuinness, Director of Prevention and Outreach.
New Board Members
Safe Shores’ board of directors elected three new members in January. Click on the links to read about the dynamic, service-oriented newcomers to our governance team.
Maegan Scott brings over fifteen years of
experience in organization development,
building infrastructure, and increasing
organizational capacity for sustainable change.
Poet Taylor, a survivor of child sexual abuse,
energizes the air waves with positive vibes as
a radio personality with WPGC-FM. When she’s
not on the air, Poet is bringing awareness about
teens and young adults in the foster care system
seeking a loving home and forever family.
Co-author of The Charismatic Organization: Eight
Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights
Donors and Engages Employees, Deb Jospin provides
strategic advice and develops new initiatives for public
and private sector clients.
Riverside Baptist Church Awards Safe Shores a Grant to Promote Healing
We’re honored and grateful to have received one of Riverside Baptist Church’s 2018 “Those Who Heal Our World” grants on Feb. 25th. Thank you so much, Pastor Michael Bledsoe, Deacon Jacquelyn McCullough, and the Riverside congregation for your support!
Special Thank You to Former MDT Member for Staying Connected
Former CFSA Deputy Director Michelle L. Farr, LICSW,
used her birthday to raise money for Safe Shores. So
grateful to Michelle for staying connected and to all
who donated to the campaign.
S/O to #SantaCause
In 2011, Maurice “Mo Betta” McClanahan,
a rapper from the DMV with a big heart for children,
created the hashtag philanthropy #SantaCause and
chose Safe Shores to benefit from his ingenious
crowdsourcing initiative. In 2017 alone,
#SantaCause raised $33,500 for Safe Shores.
After six years of raising significant awareness
and funds for us, #SantaCause has accomplished
and exceeded what the campaign set out to achieve.
We are beyond grateful to Mo Betta, his wife Adrian,
and all #SantaCause supporters for a fantastic run!
Dynamic philanthropy duo: #SantaCause’s Maurice and Adrian McClanahan
What We’ve Been Up To
On February 13, Safe Shores sported Orange for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Valentine’s Day was a perfect day to show the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) much love. On February 14 at the CAC, we celebrated our teammates with cupcakes and cocoa and multiple screenings of the rom-com “Hitch.” Wait. There’s more. We also delivered treats to MDT members at their agencies.
What We’re Reading
A pioneering pediatrician reveals just how
deeply our bodies
can be imprinted for life by childhood adversity — and what
we can do to break the cycle.
Register for an Upcoming CFK
Tour our state-of-the-art, child-focused facility, meet our team, and learn firsthand how Safe Shores works to provide intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse in the District.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Register for an Upcoming Stewards of Children® Training
This training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the safety of children as well as organizations that serve youth. Training includes discussion about critical issues in sexual abuse prevention and the relevance of these issues in our communities through a video sharing the voices of survivors and experts in the field.
Tuesday, March 13th | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday, April 5th | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 11th | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Monday, April 16th | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday, April 24th | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 23rd | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, June 13th | 3:00pm – 5:00pm