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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Burlington School District will continue to implement the Care For Kids program for students in grades K-2 and the We Care Elementary program for students in grades 3-5.  These programs develop adults’ capacity to protect children from sexual abuse and take a comprehensive approach to helping students build healthy relationships. Both programs are brought to us by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, a non-profit serving parents, schools, and individuals throughout the state.
          
As you may be aware, Act One, An Act Relating to Vermont’s Sexual Abuse Response System, passed in 2009 and took effect in July 2011.  This law came about, in part, as a result of the  statistics that pointed to the widespread nature of child sexual abuse both nationally and across the state of Vermont.  One component of the law requires that all Vermont schools provide sexual abuse prevention education at every grade level (Pre-K through 12) that is both age and developmentally appropriate. 

Care For Kids and We Care Elementary meet all of the new sexual violence prevention criteria mandated by Act One, as well as National and Vermont Health Education Standards. These experiential and interactive curricula focus on helping children build empathy, develop healthy communication skills, and understand boundaries. Additionally, Care For Kids teaches students the correct names for all of their body parts, including the penis and vagina, as this has been shown to increase communication skills and serve as a protective factor.

Care For Kids and We Care Elementary operate at many different levels for maximum involvement. They work to build support around students, parents/guardians, and teachers to create a safe school environment.  Parent/guardian involvement in the program is welcome and encouraged with frequent opportunities for parents/guardians to engage with the material.

If at any point you have questions or concerns, please contact Liane Couture, School Counselor.   If you would like to learn more about the curricula, feel free to contact Johanna Straavaldsen, the Healthy Relationships Project Director at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.  The contact information is listed below. We are more than willing to provide you with any support you need. 

Liane Couture, School Counselor 864-8445 lcouture@bsdvt.org
Johanna Straavaldsen ,Coordinator PCAV (802) 229-5724, JStraavaldsen@pcavt.org

Lesson One
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