Project Safe and Growing
In 1997, C.A.N. Prevent collaborated with the Early Childhood Treatment Program at Children's Behavioral Services to apply for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). With these federal funds, C.A.N. Prevent created Project Safe and Growing. Project Safe and Growing is a therapeutic day treatment program for children ages 3-6 years old who have been identified as victims of crime. With continued funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Project Safe and Growing is able to provide young children with a safe and supportive environment where their individual needs can be addressed by a team of professionals.
Initially, Project Safe and Growing operated 4 days a week for 2.5 hours per day and would serve 8-9 children at a time. The children were identified as victims of crime and were designated as Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED). The day treatment setting allowed for class sessions lasting 13 weeks each where the children received beneficial therapeutic level services to address the impact of their experiences of victimization at no cost to the family.
Currently, Project Safe and Growing serves 18-20 children at a time, operates 4 days a week, and provides two sessions per day lasting 2.5 hours each. We continue to provide beneficial therapeutic services at no cost to the families to help children who are victims of crime heal, learn how to express their emotions, and interact with others safely.