Staying Safe & Healthy

published 13 Mar 2020 by Michelle McDyre in General category with 0 comments

In response to Governor Tom Wolf’s Directive, and following the guidelines established by Montgomery County Health Officials amid the COVID-19 outbreak in our community, Mission Kids has postponed all previously scheduled Prevention Education Trainings for the next two weeks.

However, we are encouraging community members to take this time to practice taking protective steps.

While we settle into this temporary “new normal” in our community, the principles of child protection remain the same. Just as the spread of COVID-19 can be prevented by hand-washing and social-distancing, child sexual abuse can be prevented by taking a few simple, proactive steps.

Our friends at Darkness to Light share the following advice:

  • A quick lesson in proper handwashing can turn into a chat about body safety, or any topic that contributes to meaningful discussion together. These conversations help build a sense of trust, safety, and reliance in children.
    • CLICK HERE for Darkness to Light’s 30-minute online training video, “Talking With Children”
  • With schools, daycares, and youth-serving organizations in Montgomery County closed for the next two weeks, many caregivers may find themselves in a situation where they are seeking emergency childcare. Those last-minute moments where caregivers are unable to watch their children and need to quickly secure a babysitter may be unavoidable, but they can be made safer. This is an important time to review three main child protection principles: prevent isolation, keep situations interruptible, and set expectations.
    • CLICK HERE for Darkness to Light’s tips for “Minimizing Opportunity in Unexpected Childcare Scenarios”
  • Discuss safety procedures with any youth serving organizations your children or family may be connected with. Asking about COVID-19 safety procedures can be a great segue into discussing sexual abuse protection policies.
    • CLICK HERE for Darkness to Light’s “Step Up & Speak Out: A Parent’s Guide to Selecting Youth Serving Organizations”
  • While many workplaces are temporarily closing and/or encouraging employees to work remotely, now is a good time to review your organization’s policies and procedures. Darkness to Light provides resources for youth serving organizations to create protective policies.
    • CLICK HERE for Darkness to Light’s sample “Code of Conduct” for Youth-Serving Organizations.

While Mission Kids is taking Precautionary Safety Measures for the next two weeks, we are still working on scheduling Prevention Education trainings to occur after Monday, March 30th!

We hope that you will take this time to learn more about our Prevention Education Programs, and contact us to schedule your training in the coming weeks and months.

Contact Michelle McDyre:
Phone: 484-687-2990 ext. 1016

As part of our Community Outreach Initiative, Mission Kids provides two evidence-based prevention programs addressing child sexual abuse throughout Montgomery County. These programs help reduce the number of children victimized in our community. While Mission Kids has outstanding services to child sexual abuse victims, it is our desire to reduce and eliminate the needs for services. Research has clearly demonstrated the lifelong, devastating effects of child sex abuse. It is our goal to reduce the number of child sexual abuse victims.


“ROAR” is a child-based education program that teaches children ages 4-8 body safety and empowers them to raise their voices to speak out against abuse.
The interactive and easy to implement lesson is designed to be taught in a classroom or group setting.
A lion named Rex and his animal friends take children on journey to find his ROAR, a simple and memorable acronym that teaches children that their bodies are their own and empowers children to stand up against abuse.
ROAR empowers children to understand personal body safety, speak out against abuse, and identify three safe adults to go to when they feel unsafe.


CLICK HERE to watch Comcast Newsmakers featuring Mission Kids’ ROAR Program

For more information, or to schedule your FREE ROAR Training, please contact Michelle McDyre:
Phone: 484-687-2990


Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
It’s the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.
We know that when adults are trained, they take the steps to protect children from sexual abuse.
Participants will learn from survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. Participants will also learn from experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis and will find concrete steps that they can take to protect the children in their lives.

For more information, or to schedule your FREE “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children” Training, please contact Michelle McDyre:
Phone: 484-687-2990 ext. 1016

Mission Kids has partnered with Creative Health Services to provide educators and school personnel with a Collaborative Workshop that explores the effects of child abuse and trauma on children and the impact on their behavior in the classroom and their overall academic performance.

Learn from Creative Health’s Kala Fell, LMFT, who is the on-site Trauma Therapist and Clinical Liaison to Mission Kids, along with Michelle McDyre, Prevention Education & Outreach Manager at Mission Kids. This workshop is perfect for in-service days or professional development days for school employees. This workshop is dynamic and can be tailored to the needs, interests, and time constraints of the audience.

Workshop Learning Objectives include:

  • Participants will learn about the dynamics of child abuse and the signs, symptoms, and short-term and long-term effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences, which will help them address the needs of individual students who have experienced child abuse or other trauma.
  • Participants will learn how trauma affects classroom performance and academic achievement
  • Participants will learn how to foster a “wellness culture” for students who may have experienced trauma and feel more empowered to use a trauma-informed approach.
  • By understanding the dynamics and effects of child abuse and trauma, participants will be better able to integrate this knowledge more deeply into the day-to-day life students in order to improve learning and raise academic achievement.


For more information, or to bring this Collaborative Workshop to your school, please contact Michelle McDyre:
Phone: 484-687-2990 ext. 1016


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Michelle McDyre

13 Mar 2020