School Programs

At the Cortland Child Advocacy Center, one of our goals is to provide educational and training resources to all schools and organizations in Cortland County to prevent, recognize, and respond to child abuse. We have partnered with the Monique Burr Foundation and Building Healthy Relationships to provide engaging and effective curriculum for students in grades Pre-K through 12 to teach students to prevent, recognize, and respond to abuse. Below are the following school programs that we provide:

MBF Child Safety Matters

The Monique Burr Foundation’s Child Safety Matters program is a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum for elementary school students in grades K-5. Lessons are based on active learning and include interactive PowerPoint slides, teacher scripts, and take-home worksheets for students and their parents/guardians.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • 5 Safety Rules
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Safe vs. Unsafe Strangers
  • Digital Safety/Citizenship
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, & emotional)

Lesson Duration:

The curriculum includes two lessons for each grade level. Below are the times for each individual lesson:

  • Kindergarten: 35 minutes
  • 1st Grade: 40 minutes
  • 2nd Grade: 45 minutes
  • 3rd Grade: 50 minutes
  • 4th-5th Grade: 55 minutes

*Upon request, lessons can be divided into 4 shorter lessons ranging from 20-30 minutes.

Materials & Resources

  • Easy to follow facilitator scripts for each lesson.
  • PowerPoint slides that are interactive and engaging for students.
  • Handouts for students and parents/guardians.
  • Online training options for facilitator certification.

MBF Teen Safety Matters

Teen Safety Matters is a comprehensive, evidence-informed prevention education program for students in grades 6-12. Students are taught universal strategies to protect themselves from all types of victimization.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • 5 Safety Rules
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, & neglect)
  • Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Lesson Duration:

The curriculum includes two lessons for each grade level. Below are the times for each individual lesson:

  • 6th-12th grade: 55 minutes

*Upon request, lessons can be divided into four, 30-minute lessons.

Materials & Resources

  • Easy to follow facilitator scripts for each lesson.
  • PowerPoint presentations that are interactive and engaging for students.
  • Handouts for students and parents/guardians.
  • Online training options for facilitator certification.

MBF Athlete Safety Matters

Athlete Safety Matters is a program designed for youth athletes in grades K-12 to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to abuse. This program is designed for student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, other staff, and parents/guardians.

Topics that will  be discussed: 

  • 5 Safety Rules
  • Safe vs. Unsafe Adults
  • Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, & neglect)
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Reporting

Lesson Overview

Lessons are split into two sessions, and students are split into different age clusters:

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Each lesson ranges from 35 – 55 minutes (upon request, lessons can be broken down into four shorter lesson segments.)

Materials & Resources

  • Easy to follow facilitator scripts for each lesson.
  • PowerPoint presentations that are interactive and engaging for students.
  • Handouts for students and parents/guardians.
  • Online training options for facilitator certification.

Building Healthy Relationships

This powerful curriculum addresses the issues of sexual harassment, bullying, respect and healthy relationships in ways that are educational and entertaining for students in Pre-K.  The curriculum lends itself to modification so that facilitators are able to accommodate youth with special needs.

It emphasizes the principles prescribed by the New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act, which “seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus, or at a school function.”

Some of the lessons discuss topics such as:

  • Bullying
  • Personal Boundaries & Space
  • School Bus Safety
  • Emotions

These are just some of the topics we have covered, but we can also focus on other issues that you are facing in your school or classroom.


Pinwheels For Prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Pinwheels represent our commitment to happy, healthy, and safe childhoods.

Schedule a time for our educator to visit your classroom to make paper pinwheels with the students and plant blue and silver pinwheels in front of your building.

For more information or to schedule a lesson, call us at (607) 753-5087 or email us at cortlandcac@cortland-co.org.