Elementary Prevention Initiative for Children (EPIC!)
Day One’s Elementary Prevention Initiative for Children (EPIC!) is founded on the idea that the skills and behaviors for healthy relationships start young.
According to The Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), more than two decades of research show that social and emotional learning programs not only improve behavior and relationships skills, but also increase students’ academic success. Integrating social and emotional learning goals into an academic context makes sense for everyone. With this in mind, Day One piloted interactive, practice-based, healthy relationships workshops to children in elementary school.
Today, Day One has a series of educational materials entitled “Let’s Talk About Healthy Friendships” for youth-serving professionals and parents/caregivers.
The collaboration is designed for elementary teachers, principals, and counselors. With materials designed to meet national standards for grades 4-5, it gives students the tools to manage their emotions and treat friends with respect. View and download the lesson plans from the links below.
Day One is excited to continue our collaboration with The Jerome Chazen Fund and other partners to develop even more resources and materials for teachers in grades K-5. Keep checking our site for updates on our progress.
Professionals trainings and caregiver workshops are tailored for each audience, and can include information on the following topics:
Supporting Healthy Relationship Development in Children as Violence Prevention
Creating Trauma-Informed Classrooms
Starting Conversations about Healthy Relationships with Young Children
Creating Consent Culture in the Classroom
Youth Empowerment and Supporting Children’s Agency
Supporting LGBTQ+ Students and Families
Supporting Child Witnesses and Survivors of Violence
If you are looking for resources to continue supporting conversations around healthy relationships among your students:
Access the “Let’s Talk About Healthy Friendships” educational materials, produced in collaboration with Scholastic and The Jerome Chazen Fund.
You can order up to 100 free Healthy Friendships Guides for caregivers and teachers of young children on our website here.
Check out EPIC Talks: Supporting Healthy Relationship Development in Children as Violence Prevention, a two-part webinar series focused on equipping adults with tools to support healthy relationships among young children:
Womankind provides various children and youth healthy relationships and anti-violence education through their STAR program.
Queer Kid Stuff is an educational video series for children and adults who want to discuss healthy relationships, sexualities and gender identities. They also have LGBTQ+ affirming lesson plans for educators.
Stop sexual assault in schools launched a #metooK12 campaign and provides resources/toolkits for educators and caregivers who want to address sexual harm in their schools.
Sex Positive Families provides book lists and resources for children by age on various topics related to consent, healthy relationships and body autonomy. They also have resources for adults including coaching sessions to support these conversations.