Oskaloosa parents received a participation form for their children to participate in the Care for Kids Program for kinder prep to second-grade students. The curriculum is supposed to begin today, May 7. The program is described as a “health education and violence prevention curriculum.”
“The Care for Kids curriculum focuses on helping children with the following topics: feelings, bodies, babies, asking for permission and asking for help,” it says. “We will be using anatomically correct terms throughout the lessons.”
The school hosted an informational meeting via Zoom for parents last week. It also made materials available for parents to review.
The permission slip said the school MUST receive a yes or no response so it is able to include the student or make other arrangements.
The curriculum messages “at a glance” included:
*Our bodies are good and special and deserve care and respect (including our private parts).
*We have many parts that are the same, and some parts that are different.
*Some of our body parts are public and some are private.
*We can ask an adult for help when we have questions about bodies.
*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.
*Small children sometimes need help washing and wiping their private parts.
*Other children and grownups do not need help from children with their private parts.
*We can ask an ad ult for help when we have questions about babies.