B.A.B.E.S. is a nationally recognized curriculum that uses animal puppets combined with storytelling to give practical information on the topic of substance abuse prevention and education.   The curriculum includes age-appropriate content that motivates children to interact with the characters and the puppets to comprehend the lesson.  Each session runs approximately 35 minutes in grades 1-3.  

The B.A.B.E.S. Volunteers
Front row
Elaine Murphy, June Hadley
Back row
Dee Hanson, Alta
Nicodemski, Shirley Rizzo and Maureen Bilger

The B.A.B.E.S. Philosophy

“Today’s children are tomorrow’s future.  Hope for this future is dependent upon the existence of an environment which is strong, healthy, nurturing and safe, effectively addressing the problems of today’s youth, such as bullying, violence, suicide, alcohol and drug use.”


Puppets present real-life scenarios and solutions. Youngsters learn about life skills from puppets Buttons, Bows, Early Bird, Myth Mary, Donovan Dignity and Recovering Reggie. These furry puppets are part of the B.A.B.E.S. program held once a week for five weeks for youngsters ages 6-9 in elementary schools in Meriden and Wallingford

  Children learn about positive life skills, such as self-image, decision-making, peer pressure and coping skills, as well as alcohol and drug information through stories with puppets, songs and activities. MAWSAC Prevention Coordinator Christelle Aubé is a certified B.A.B.E.S. trainer.