Children/Youth Prevention Programs

Our workshops provide students the opportunity to learn about the dangers of physical and sexual abuse, bullying, and online risks in an environment of trust and support. Our programs are available to schools and pre-schools, community-based and youth-serving organizations throughout the greater Mercer area. Note that our child/youth prevention programs include an adult component to inform parents, teachers, and administrators as well.

Child Assault Prevention (CAP)

Since 1985, PEI Kids has been the exclusive New Jersey Child Assault Prevention
designee for school-based prevention education programs in the Mercer region. Each year, we present workshops to more than 10,000 children, from preschool through ninth grade, in more than 65 public, private, and charter schools. Educational workshops cover training on topics including child assault, sexual abuse, bullying, teen dating and consent, cyber-safety, and more. Core curricula includes:

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Kids on the Block

Described by teachers and students alike as “an unforgettable experience,” Kids on the Block is a creative, interactive puppet program aimed at children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Based on Japanese Bunraku puppetry, the program features life-size puppets that teach children about differences and inclusion, bullying, child abuse, sexual abuse, and violence prevention. This program is presented in assembly format by trained puppeteers who use the life size puppets to engage children to listen and ask questions of the puppets that may be difficult to ask an adult. Kids on the Block is evidence-based and incredibly effective.

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NetSmartz

PEI Kids presents workshops from the NetSmartz series which is designed to help students stay safe online and reduce their vulnerability to online predation and victimization. NetSmartz is an interactive, evidence-informed, educational program produced by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The program — designed for children ages 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement — provides age-appropriate training, techniques, and resources to teach children how to be safe online and offline.

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Enough Abuse Campaign

PEI Kids is the lead agency for the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, part of the national Enough Abuse Campaign. The Coalition aims to educate every adult who lives or works in Mercer County in how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse. Participants learn how to recognize behavior signs indicating a child may be sexually abused, identify high-risk and “grooming” behavior in adults, and respond appropriately to children who disclose sexual abuse. Through this grass-roots community education program, parents, trusted adults, youth-serving professionals, and other caregivers can prevent child sexual abuse and better protect the children in their lives.

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Workshops for Adults and Teens

Workshops for adults and older teens are conducted by our trained staff with deep experience and subject-matter expertise. Most programs are 90 minutes to 2 hours in length and are geared to the needs and specific audiences, including parent groups, youth-serving professionals, educators, early-childhood professionals, youth groups, healthcare professionals, and other professional, affinity, or social service organizations and groups. Customized training for your group can focus on specific areas of child safety and youth development, such as: