First International Child Protection Month a Success!

posted Oct 5, 2014, 1:26 PM by Kidpower Vermont   [ updated Oct 5, 2014, 1:31 PM ]

International Child Protection Month provided over 300,000 caring adults with simple and effective actions to protect and promote the safety and well-being of young people. 

Now, please take 1 minute to help us reach our goal of having 50,000 adults let us know that they have made the Kidpower Put Safety First Commitment.

Click to read more about how we honored International Child Protection Month

To find out how you can be a Local Partner and work with Kidpower Vermont, contact us.

Safety on the Way to School

posted Apr 6, 2014, 6:38 PM by Kidpower Vermont   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 6:22 AM ]

Happy Spring!

Now that it's starting to feel like spring, many kids are eager to get outside more, and the question "Can I walk to school by myself?" may come up.  

Take the time to WALK with your kids, TALK with your kids, and PRACTICE with your kids so that you can be sure they have the skills to be on their own safely.  Here is a great handout describing all the steps to make this a success for your child.  

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents!

posted Oct 30, 2011, 5:09 AM by Kidpower Vermont   [ updated Oct 30, 2011, 5:30 AM ]

As part of its One Million Safer Kids project, , a global leader in personal safety education for children, is reminding parents that the trick to having a fun, safe Halloween is to Stay Aware and to teach your children to do the same. Here are some things kids need parents to remember:

• Safety doesn’t take a holiday. Stay aware of where your children are, whom they are with, and what they are doing.

• Kids need to be reminded of their safety rules about trick-or-treating. Last Halloween was a long time ago in the life of a child! Have your children repeat the rules back to you, and practice to show you that they know how to follow them. Remind kids to Stay Aware, Stay Together, Check First before they change the plan, and Think First if you are not available. Give kids a plan for how to get help if they get lost.

• Kids need you to review your “stranger safety” rules. During Halloween, young children are encouraged to talk to strangers and to take candy from them. This is fine because you are there with them. Give children clear guidelines and rules specific to what you will be doing. For example, with young children: "We are going to be talking to lots of strangers and people we don’t know well. That’s fine, because I know you are talking to strangers! Our rule is that you Check First because your grown-ups want to know. Today, while I am with you, you can talk to any strangers who answer the door. We aren't going to people’s houses to stay and visit, so we won't go in."

• Kids are safer crossing the street if they can see. Avoid costumes that make it hard to Stay Aware of cars and other hazards.

• Kids need adult supervision to stay safe. Even if your kids really want to be on their own, don't let them go out without adult protection until they have the knowledge and skills they need to take charge of their emotional and physical safety.

• Giving the right answer is not the same as being prepared to make the safest choice. Just knowing what to do is not enough – you also have to be able to do it even if you feel embarrassed, confused, or uncomfortable. Give children and teens opportunities to practice personal safety skills successfully, and show you that they can use them consistently, before you decide to let them go anywhere on their own.

For more tips, see our full article at

To learn how you can make a difference by joining Kidpower’s new One Million Safer Kids campaign, visit

Kidpower Vermont
P.O. Box 94
North Ferrisburg, VT 05473 

(802) 425-KIDS 

One Million Safer Kids!

posted Sep 19, 2011, 2:25 PM by Kidpower Vermont   [ updated Sep 19, 2011, 2:28 PM ]

Kidpower is launching its "One Million Safer Kids" campaign!  Please print and distribute the flyer below to families in your community to help us reach our goal! 

Free Workshops in June!

posted Jun 7, 2011, 9:30 PM by Laura Slesar   [ updated Jun 7, 2011, 10:12 PM ]

Thanks to the grant we received from the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, we are offering three Everyday Safety workshops free of charge this month.  Two of our June workshops are geared exclusively toward families with children and teens with developmental disabilities, and the third is open to all families.

Thanks also to the Vermont Family Network and the HowardCenter for donating the use of their space to hold the workshops. 

A Grant for Kidpower Vermont!

posted Aug 10, 2010, 7:51 AM by Kidpower Vermont   [ updated Aug 10, 2010, 7:53 AM ]


Kidpower Vermont has been awarded a grant by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council!  They are helping to fund our work improving our services for Vermont children and youth with developmental disabilities.  We are collaborating with parents and Green Mountain Self-Advocates to adapt our Everyday Safety curriculum to make sure it is accessible to Vermont children and youth with developmental disabilities. 

Many thanks to the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council!

posted Nov 25, 2009, 12:32 PM by Kidpower Vermont   [ updated Jul 29, 2010, 9:27 PM ]

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