What ages of children is the MBF Child Safety Matters® – Pre-K (MBF CSM Pre-K) program designed for?
The program is age- and developmentally appropriate for 4–5-year-old children.
Will the lessons scare my child or be too hard for them to understand?
No, the lessons will not scare children; they are fun and informative for kids and do not cover any topics that may be scary or difficult for them to understand.
The curriculum was developed with psychologists and early childhood educators and is based on Pre-K instructional & health education standards to ensure it is appropriate. A pilot was conducted, testing the lessons with 4-5-year-olds, and we received very positive feedback.
How does the program work?
The lessons are presented in person to small groups of 25 (or less) by a trained teacher or other professional staff.
There are 4 lessons that range in time from 25-30 minutes and a 5th optional lesson that introduces bullying and online safety (as many state PK standards include these topics). Each lesson may be delivered in two shorter lessons if desired.
A turnkey script is provided for facilitators that include suggestions for guiding the discussions with children and activities to keep children engaged in the lessons.
The program gives young kids a foundation to learn MBF Child Safety Matters once in Kindergarten.
Who should use MBF CSM Pre-K?
Early Childhood Facilities
Youth Serving Organizations
I work for a Home Visitation Program; can I use the lessons with kids?
Absolutely! The lessons were developed to be presented in small groups or in settings with a child and parent or guardian by a home visitation professional. There are notes in the scripts to assist you with adapting group activities in the home setting. And the lessons were piloted in this setting to ensure they worked well.
Is training included?
Yes, training (via an online course) is included for facilitators who will deliver the lessons to children. There are also additional online trainings available for parents and other staff.
How are parents involved?
Parents are provided with an information sheet after each lesson that explains what their child learned during that lesson and contains an activity to provide additional reinforcement at home and engage parents in continued conversations around safety. Our goal is to ensure parents remain the ultimate authority in their child’s life and continue to discuss personal safety with their child after they have completed the lessons.
What is the cost of the program, and what do I receive?
For a limited time, the introductory price for the program is $1,125 (a 25% discount). This cost includes a subscription to the online Facilitator Portal for two Facilitators where everything needed to implement the lessons is accessible. Also included with the introductory package is one printed curriculum book and a package of visual cards (a $170 value) that will be shipped to you.
Do I need any technology to present the lessons?
Technology is not required to implement the lessons. You have two options for presenting the lessons:
The first is to deliver the scripted lessons and, when directed in the script, display the visual cards to connect children to the content. The visual cards were created by illustrators, and this delivery method is much like reading kids a storybook.
The other option, if you do have technology available, is to deliver the scripted content and use the visual card PowerPoints from the Portal to display the cards larger for all kids to see. If using this option, you will need a laptop with PowerPoint software, a projector, and a screen or plain white wall.
What if I have additional questions?
MBF provides ongoing support to all facilitators and can answer questions for parents as well. You may reach out to our team any time for assistance at [email protected] or call 904-642-0210.
The MBF Teen Safety Matters curriculum hosts an in-depth approach to important social and safety concerns relevant to youth. The program content is age-appropriate with engaging activities, jargon, and realistic situations to positively promote a relatable and impacting learning experience…Teen Safety Matters is an educational benefit to all parties involved – students, parents, facilitators, and schools.
Sharon W. Cooper, MD
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.
Roberta Targino, M.S.
Parent and Mental Health Counselor
There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.