In 1982, the founding Board of Directors of CAPS and former Executive Director, Alane Fagin, began a journey of working together to keep every child safe from harm.
The beginnings were humble but inspiring: CAPS was born as a coalition between the Junior League of LI and the National Council of Jewish Women, two large volunteer organizations committed to the well-being of children.
From the table of a dining room table and the trunk of a car, with the support of legislators, community leaders, educators, concerned parents, and a dedicated corps of volunteer classroom presenters, CAPS was able to expand its reach. While at the outset CAPS’ focus was strictly that of child abuse prevention, today CAPS programs have expanded to include bullying and cyberbullying prevention, sexual harassment and date rape education, internet safety programs, and Restorative Practices education for school administrators and staff . The CAPS Bully Prevention Center, launched in 2010, not only provides helpline support on bullying issues, but also dynamic prevention programs and innovative intervention solutions to those dealing with this pervasive problem.
CAPS has reached over one-million children in grades K-12 with CAPS programs. CAPS’ core focus remains strong—to keep every child safe from harm starting with early education. The CAPS mission of “Prevention through Education” is the catalyst to encourage student-led movements for school safety. Building on the “see something, say something” theory, our curriculum is proactive, interactive, and empowering.
With your support, CAPS will be able to continue to grow and bring our programs and services to generations for years to come.