Mountain States Early Head Start Takes Action to Protect Children of Bonner, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties as a Darkness to Light “Partner in Prevention”
Staff Members Trained in Award-Winning Stewards of Children® Program for
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Mountain States Early Head Start, a program of Jannus, Inc., has achieved “Partner in Prevention” status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of the children they serve.
One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Mountain States Early Head Start earned the “Partner in Prevention” designation by providing Stewards of Children training to over 90% of its management, staff, and volunteers. This evidence-informed program is scientifically proven to help participants prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. “Partner in Prevention” was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations that take child protection seriously by implementing policy and training staff to prevent child sexual abuse.
Darkness to Light is an international organization that leads the movement to end child sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults in education, youth serving organizations, and communities to protect children. Darkness to Light has affiliates in all 50 states and 16 international locations.
Mountain States Early Head Start staff understand that sexual abuse impacts everyone. Studies have found that it is a leading cause of many of the health and social problems our communities face, including drug and alcohol problems, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, teen pregnancies, and physical and emotional problems. It’s important that we recognize the signs of child sexual abuse and become the voice for protecting vulnerable children.
To learn more about child sexual abuse prevention training or to enroll your organization in Darkness to Light’s “Partner in Prevention” program, please visit www.D2L.org/Partner.
About Mountain States Early Head Start:
Mountain States Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children birth to age three in Bonner, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties through a free home visiting program. As a comprehensive child development program, we provide family-centered services designed to promote the development of the child as well as foster and encourage nurturing caregiving that promotes parent-child attachment and success for the child in life and in school. We also offer free playgroups where children can explore and learn while having fun! Check us out at: www.msehs.org. We are a program of Jannus, Inc., a diverse health and human service organization that serves more than 35,000 Idahoans annually (www.jannus.org)
About Darkness to Light:
Darkness to Light (D2L) has championed the movement to end child sexual abuse since its founding in 2000. With affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and 16 additional countries, D2L provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools to protect children from sexual abuse. To date, the D2L network of 9,000 authorized facilitators has trained over 1.2 million parents, youth serving professionals, and organization volunteers in D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention program.
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For further information, please contact Ioana “E” Siegler at Mountain States Early Head Start (208-765-6955) or firstname.lastname@example.org.