Curriculum resources are now available to assist schools and educators implement Erin’s Law
, which requires public schools to teach child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention in Kindergarten through eighth grade. NYSED launched an Erin’s Law website
with materials to help educate students on awareness, skills, self-confidence and support to prevent child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.
New York’s Erin’s Law addresses the need to prevent sexual abuse of students in grades K-8, which requires defining and addressing the wide range of behaviors and experiences related to sexual violence, such as child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and child sexual exploitation. Resources available on NYSED’s Erin’s Law website include grade-banded curricular benchmarks that will assist in guiding instruction and lesson development. Educators will also find a suite of available curricular resources appropriate for various grade levels.
NYSED will propose emergency changes to regulations which the Board of Regents will discuss and vote on at the December 2020 meeting. A public comment period on the proposed changes will follow.
NYSED’s Erin’s Law website and resources were developed in partnership with the Department of Health, the NYSED Office of Student Support Services, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the Monroe 2 BOCES.