The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s Prevention Education department provides violence prevention education programming in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties to nearly 35,000 students annually.
CFPA’s team of educators help schools and learning communities create a safe, supportive, and secured learning environment by meeting state-mandated educational programs through age-appropriate, evidence-based, and comprehensive curricula for pre-k-college age.
Educational offerings include child sexual abuse prevention, social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, healthy relationships, general violence prevention and safety. Trainings are available for school administrators, PTOs, parent universities, and community groups.
In 2020, CFPA published its premier children’s book, Sis & Me: Down by the Sea, A Book about Boundaries, Safe Touches, and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. To learn more and to purchase your copy, click here.
For programming requests, please email PreventEd@centerforpreventionofabuse.org or submit this online form.
On January 24, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Erin’s Law, which requires all Illinois schools to provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention education for students each year. CFPA’s Prevention Education department assists schools in meeting this state mandate through its classroom-based program, “PreventEd: Sexual Abuse.” This program teaches body safety rules, safe touches versus un-safe touches, types of child abuse, prevention techniques, how to recognize, refuse, and report sexual harassment.
This program is available for preK-12 and is a 30-45 minute classroom presentation.
In 2020, CFPA published its premier children’s book, Sis & Me: Down by the Sea, A Book about Boundaries, Safe Touches, and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. To lean more and to purchase your copy, click here.
“PreventEd: Bullying” focuses on social and emotional learning and development in the areas of respect and empathy, emotion management, communication, problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, overall bullying prevention, and bystander intervention.
Programming is available for grades K-8 once weekly for 12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.
“PreventEd: Relationship Abuse” aims to help young people develop healthy dating relationships by exploring boundary-setting, consent, characteristics of healthy relationships, red flags of abusive relationship, the cycle of teen dating violence, human trafficking prevention (high school only), safety planning, and positive bystander intervention.
Programming is available at the high school level once weekly and ranges between 4-12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.
The Prevention Education team at CFPA put together a toolkit full of at-home activities for parents and caregivers to help stimulate social and emotional growth for K-8th grade. Topic areas include cultivating respect and kindness, understanding empathy, and developing emotion management skills. The activities include coloring pages, games, activities, question and answer, videos, and more.
March is Developmental Disabilities Acceptance Month. The Prevention Education team at CFPA put together a toolkit full of activities for school staff and students to help celebrate differences, as well as communicate, educate, and invest in healthy relationships.
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