Our curriculum has been thoroughly reviewed by the California Department of Education and the Federal Office of Adolescent Health. Additionally if it has been adopted by your school district, your district administration has conducted a review as well.
- Our California’s edition lessons are written in compliance with California Education Codes 51930-51939, and are aligned with the California Health Education Content Standards.
- Our America’s Youth edition lessons are written in compliance with the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the National Sexuality Education Standards (NSES).
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE) & California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)
Information for Parents about our Curriculum
A comprehensive evidence-based sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention curriculum for grades 7-12 and out-of-school youth. It has been written in compliance with the updated California Education Code, including “The California Healthy Youth Act” (AB 329) , “Sexual Harassment and Violence Instruction” (SB 695) , the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the National Sexuality Education Standards (NSES).
Some of the Most Important Conversations begin with a Simple Question
Adolescence is a time of enormous change, physically, emotionally and socially. It is a difficult time for many parents. Young people say that they WANT to talk to their parents about sexuality, especially about values and relationships. They believe their parents opinion is important and they would like to be able to go to them when they have questions. If parents show they are open and willing to talk about these topics, teens will ask.
Communication Tips for Parents
Wondering how to begin the “talk”? Here is a list of 18 helpful conversation starters adopted from Changes and Choices: Your Children and Sex produced by the Emory Grady Teen Services Program
Guidelines for Parents For Talking with Children or Teens about Sexuality
BE HONEST. When talking about sexuality, it is best to be honest – not just about the facts of life but about our feelings, attitudes, ignorance, and ambivalence. Children and teens can learn from this that learning about sexuality is a lifelong process. Adults are still learning too.
Parent Guide to Teachable Moments
Parents and teenagers often find it difficult to communicate and discuss topics such as sex and drugs because it makes them uncomfortable. It is important to bridge this communication gap however, and discuss this very important topic. It is a matter of life and death for your teenager! Parents want to protect there children but don’t always know how to go about opening the lines of communication for varying reasons.