Care for Kids: Early Healthy Sexuality and Abuse Prevention
Care for Kids is a fun, health-based curriculum for children from 3-8 years old. This well-researched curriculum helps adults understand the link between healthy sexuality education and child sexual abuse prevention.
Evidence for the effectiveness of the program is building. In the 2013-2014 academic year, 396 children were assessed pre- and post Care for Kids implementation. Results showed statistically signficant increases in children’s social and emotional competence due to participation in the Care for Kids classroom activities. See full report.
Brain, Child Magazine printed an article about the Care for Kids program. Click here to read about how schools and parents are using the program to prevent sexual abuse.
The curriculum contains 6 units: Bodies, Babies, Feelings, Bedtime, Touching, and Asking for Help. Each unit teaches and reinforces 2 to 4 simple, age-appropriate messages via a circle time, a song, a book, and an activity or craft.
The initial 2- hour training is for child care providers, early childhood educators, teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses and others. After the initial training, if the provider/educator decides to use the curriculum, PCAV staff will assist the center/school to host a meeting to orient parents to Care for Kids. Parents also discuss children’s normal sexual development and ways of fostering healthy sexuality in their child. Answering children’s questions, ways to help children learn to nurture and express empathy toward others, and adult responsibility for keeping children safe are also important components of the parent meeting.
The Care for Kids Kit includes the teacher’s manual, 5 children’s books, 2 anatomically correct dolls, and a CD of empowering children’s songs. The cost of the kit is $198 plus shipping. Download the order form.
All Care for Kids training is offered free to Vermont Early Care and Education Providers.
Completion of the 2-hour training in how to implement Care for Kids counts towards Child Development Associate (CDA), Specialized Care, or re-licensing hours in Vermont.
A Training of Trainers is available for a fee.