SOURCE: Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.

March 06, 2014 11:50 ET

Monique Burr Foundation for Children Updates "MBF Child Safety Matters™"

Child Abuse Prevention Program Offered Throughout the State of Florida

JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 6, 2014) - The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. (MBF) has updated its bullying, child abuse prevention education, and cyberbullying program, MBF Child Safety Matters™, to adapt to today's rapidly evolving world of technology. The program educates and empowers elementary school students and adults with easy-to-use informational tools and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all forms of child abuse and exploitation. The research-based curriculum targets students first through fifth grades and is offered at no cost to Florida's public elementary schools.

"Our department is proud to partner with the Monique Burr Foundation in their efforts to prevent child abuse and bullying," said Florida Department of Children and Families Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo. "We recognize the tremendous impact education and awareness can make in the fight against child abuse."

MBF Child Safety Matters™, which is part of the Governor's Five-Year Strategic Plan 2010-2015, is a research-based, primary prevention education curriculum reviewed and supported by respected education and prevention experts. The program meets the requirements of more than 90 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the updated Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Anti Bullying Act and the Statute 39, the Child Abuse Prevention Training Act of 1985.

"MBF Child Safety Matters™ was created with input from schools to ensure the program is practical, fun for students, involves parents and other relevant adults and is research-based from experts," said Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. "The Monique Burr Foundation for Children has provided safety and child abuse education to thousands of children with a goal to ultimately educate every child in Florida's elementary schools."

MBF Child Safety Matters™ is currently approved in 53 out of 67 counties in Florida, training more than 1,200 school facilitators and will reach more than 425,000 students by the end of this school year. The Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization receives its financial support through special events, grants and individual charitable donations, including Wells Fargo Foundation and Compass Consulting Group.

For more information about this critical safety program, as well as bullying and child abuse prevention, visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.

About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., started by Edward E. Burr, President and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to make a positive impact on the community at large, to create change in a family's life for the better and to give hope in the life of a child by providing prevention education relevant to issues facing children today. MBF Child Safety Matters™ is a research-based, primary prevention education program, designed to educate and empower elementary students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all forms of child abuse and exploitation. By the end of this school year, MBF Child Safety Matters™ will have reached more than 425,000 elementary students across Florida and the foundation will have trained more than 1,000 facilitators to implement the program. MBF Child Safety Matters™ has been approved in 53 out of 67 counties in Florida. The program is made possible through donations, which is the foundation's greatest need, so that every child in every elementary school throughout the state of Florida can receive this safety training at no cost to the public elementary school.

MBF Child Safety Matters™ is in the process of expanding statewide as a collaborative effort with the Florida Governor's Office, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Children & Families. For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210 or visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.

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