Care For Kids© - For Elementary School Children (ages 3 - 8)

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands offers Care for Kids© to schools and youth-focused organizations in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Sumter, and Clarendon counties. Care for Kids© is a primary prevention program that promotes adult responsibility for the safety of children and their development. From a very early age, children are curious about bodies and how they work.

Care for Kids© lessons are age-appropriate and are tailored to meet the developmental needs of children. Through circle time, story time and an art project, children improve communication skills with adults and nurture social, emotional and physical development.

The program consists of five lesson topics:

  • Asking for help;
  • Feelings;
  • Bodies;
  • Babies; and
  • Asking for permission

The goal of Care for Kids© is to prevent child sexual abuse through health education and promotion. It aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Self-esteem;
  • Respect for self and others;
  • Non-exploitive age-appropriate sexual exploration;
  • Rewarding human relationships; and
  • Avoidance of sexual coercion.

The curriculum is targeted at children age 3-8 and their families, for use in schools and youth-focused organizations.  A carefully trained facilitator from STSM offers six age-appropriate sessions to children. Prior to implementing the curriculum, a parent/caregiver workshop is conducted to provide parents with practical skills in educating their children about sexuality. In addition, a faculty and staff training is provided so they are able to provide consistent prevention messages to students in the school or organization.

The curriculum has been successfully implemented throughout the United States and Canada. It is effective at reducing bullying and other adverse school outcomes in addition to increasing early reports of child sexual abuse so that children can get the help they need as soon as possible. The curriculum meets National Health and Safety Education Standards, and all education materials are in accordance with the South Carolina Department of Education as an awareness and prevention service provider.

Contact STSM’s Elementary Education Coordinator via email or phone at 803-790-8208 to find out more information or to schedule Care for Kids© today.