Act 1 (Commonly known as sexual violence prevention)

Act 1 is a law relating to Vermont’s sexual abuse response system that was passed in 2009 and took effect in schools as of July 2011. This law came about, in part, as a result of the shocking statistics that pointed to the widespread nature of child sexual abuse both nationally and across the state of Vermont. 

One component of the law requires that all Vermont schools provide sexual abuse prevention education at every grade level (Pre-K through 12) that is both age and developmentally appropriate.  In addition, school faculty and staff will be trained in a number of issues related to child sexual abuse, and similar information will be made available to parents. 

In order to meet the mandate and maintain a safe school environment, Johnson Elementary School, has implemented the We Care Elementary Program for grades 3-6 and the Care For Kids Program for grades Pre-K to 2. 

The We Care Elementary curriculum focuses on a variety of topics such as:

 Boundaries, empathy, communication skills, coping, and healthy relationships.

Care For Kids curriculum focuses on a variety of topics such as:

Boundaries, empathy, communication skills, feelings, and positive interactions.

What this is NOT: Act 1 programs and curriculum is about life skills and not sex. This is not “health” nor “sex education.”

Both programs are sponsored through Prevent Child Abuse Vermont and has been the agency that provides training to facilitators and develops the curriculum.

We Care Elementary Program Grades 3-6

Program Introduction (Please click on the title to see the document)

                    Grade 3
  • Program Introduction and Safe Spaces
  • Self-Esteem
  • Support Systems and Understanding Feelings 
  • Recognizing and Responding to Emotions 
  • Body Language and Mixed 
  • Wrap Up 
                    Grade 4
  • Introduction and Safe Spaces
  • Trusted Adults and Asking for Help 
  • Recognizing Feelings in Ourselves 
  • Personal Boundaries 
  • Mixed Up and Confused 
  •  Wrap Up
                    Grade 5
  • Introduction and Safe Spaces
  • Empathy 
  • Recognizing Others’ Boundaries 
  • Asking for Permission 
  • Coping and Accepting No 
  • Wrap Up
                    Grade 6
  • Introduction and Safe Spaces
  • Sexuality 
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • Body Language 
  • Adult Support and Resources 
  • Wrap Up
Care for Kids Program Grades Pk-2

Program overview (This link will take you to the Prevent Child Abuse web site and will describe the program)

Lessons for K-2 (please click on the title to see the lessons)