Care for Kids: Early Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention (ages 3-8)
Care for Kids was originally created in Ontario, Canada as a health-based early childhood healthy sexuality and abuse prevention curriculum. Since 1996, Vermont has used the Care for Kids curriculum in childcare facilities, schools, and home visitor settings. Since 2000, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has been the American Distributor for the curriculum. Since 2015, PCAVT has been the sole proprietor for the Care for Kids program nationally and internationally.
Children in this age group are receptive to learning about body parts, health and boundaries, making this an ideal time to lay the foundation for abuse prevention.
Care for Kids contains 6 units: Asking for Help, Feelings, Bodies, Babies, Asking for Permission and Wrap-Up. Each unit teaches and reinforces 2 to 4 simple, age-appropriate messages via a circle time, a book, and an activity or craft. The activities are designed to compliment the fact that children of this age group learn naturally through play and use schemas to assimilate new information. Information is presented in a matter-of-fact way using anatomically correct language.