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Understanding normal child development is essential for adults when trying to discern if behavior is out of the norm, or indicative of abuse. It also helps educators and parents know how to properly interact with a child of a given age and how to have expectations that are appropriate. See our Safety Brief on Child Development and these additional resources to learn more.


MBF Resources:

 Safety Brief – Child Development


External Resources:

Centers for Disease Control – Child Development

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Zero to Three – Understanding Developmental Stages



Related Resources

 Guidelines and Tips for National Facilitators Presenting Remotely


 Guidelines and Tips for Florida CAC Facilitators Presenting Remotely


 Guidelines and Tips for Florida Facilitators Presenting Remotely


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The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

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.

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.