Early Childhood

PRESCHOOL CAP is designed for 3½ to 5 year old children and takes about 45 minutes a day over three consecutive days and is implemented by two CAP facilitators.

Day 1 – The opening discussion and pictorial representation of safe, strong and free concepts is followed by a role play. The role-play depicting a child bullying another is enacted and processed through guided group discussion. Children are given the opportunity to practice using the prevention strategies taught by participating in roleplaying the situation with a successful outcome. Children also practice learning to be assertive by using their words to protect their rights.

Day 2 – The concept of aggression by an adult who the child does not know (stranger) is demonstrated through the use of large dolls. Children are given some self protection strategies and are taught that the importance of getting away from a dangerous situation and getting help.

Day 3 – A healthy body concept is addressed. This is done through roleplays which establish healthy boundaries and self concept involving a sibling against sibling and an assault by a known adult. The final roleplay employs the classroom teacher in the role of a trusted adult responding to a child’s request for help. This roleplay gives children an opportunity to visualize what would happen if they needed to talk to someone about a similar problem. It gives a clear message to the child that his/her teacher cares and is there to offer support.

Each day’s workshop is concluded with a song and is followed by individual review time in the classroom.


KINDERGARTEN workshops are implemented by three facilitators in two 60 minute programs on two consecutive days.

On the first day, the opening discussion and pictorial representation of safe, strong and free concepts is followed by a role play. The role-play depicting a child bullying another is enacted and processed through guided group discussion. Children are given the opportunity to practice using the prevention strategies taught by participating in roleplaying the situation with a successful outcome. Children also practice learning to be assertive by using their words to protect their rights.

The concept of aggression by an adult who the child does not know (stranger) is demonstrated through the use of large dolls. Children are given some self protection strategies and are taught that the importance of getting away from a dangerous situation and getting help.

The second day addresses a healthy body concept. This is done through roleplays which establish healthy boundaries and self concept involving a sibling against sibling and an assault by a known adult. The final roleplay employs the classroom teacher in the role of a trusted adult responding to a child’s request for help. This roleplay gives children an opportunity to visualize what would happen if they needed to talk to someone about a similar problem. It gives a clear message to the child that his/her teacher cares and is there to offer support.

Each day’s workshop is concluded with a song and is followed by individual review time in the classroom.

NJ CAP is a RTC of the International Center for Assault Prevention. It partners with state, national and worldwide prevention advocates.