Care For Kids
Early Childhood Health Education & Abuse Prevention
Care For Kids is a comprehensive community approach to fostering healthy sexual development in early childhood, a strong protective factor against childhood sexual abuse. The curriculum promotes adults' understanding of children’s sexual development; open, comfortable communication between adults and children about sexuality; and adult responsibility for the safety and healthy development of children.
The Care For Kids curriculum includes age-appropriate activities and messages that enhance the development of children’s self-esteem, respect for self and others, rewarding human relationships, and the avoidance of sexual coercion.
The Care For Kids curriculum uses six themes to communicate positive messages to children. The first three themes develop self-esteem and positive attitudes toward sexuality and gender. The last three themes develop an understanding of body boundaries and coping with boundary violations. The themes can be easily incorporated into already existing curriculum within the early childhood setting.
Care For Kids Themes:
- Our bodies are good and special and deserve care and respect (including our private parts).
- Boys and girls have many parts that are the same and some that are different.
- Babies need help with most things and deserve to be looked after.
- Children, as they grow, learn to do more things by themselves, but they still need some help.
- Everyone has all kinds of feelings.
- When you are not sure what you are feeling, we call that “mixed-up” or “confused”.
- Private parts are kept special.
- Small children sometimes need help washing and wiping their private parts.
- Other children and grown-ups do not need help from children with their private parts.
- Sometimes we like touching and sometimes we don’t.
- Touching is never a secret.
- Any person can say “no” to touching.
- Don’t touch a person who says “no touching.”
Asking for Help
- Sometimes we can do things by ourselves.
- Sometimes we need to ask for help.
- When one grown-up can’t help you, you can ask 2 or 3 other grown-ups for help.
Information is adapted from Care For Kids Curriculum, The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, 2000. Provided by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs, and the Collins Center.
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