Parents need and want to be involved in the sexuality education of their children, but often do not know how to discuss it at age-appropriate levels. “Kids Need to Know,” the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s family-based sexuality education program, is now enrolling for its spring session.
The class, geared for fifth- and sixth-graders, meets for two hours once a week for five weeks. The course begins with a “parents only” night where curriculum and materials are discussed and any questions are answered. Following Parents’ Night, the class continues with weekly parent-child sessions for four more weeks. One parent accompanies the child to each class.
Reproductive body parts and purposes, puberty, pregnancy, childbirth and sexually-transmitted diseases are discussed. Decision-making skills are emphasized. Videos, games and other interactive activities help make the classes fun and interesting.
There is a girls’ and boys’ class and they both meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine, in the second floor meeting room.
• The girls’ class will be: Tuesdays, March 26-April 23.
• The boys’ class will be Thursdays, March 28- April 25.
The cost is $50 per family. There is a minimum enrollment of 12 families and a maximum enrollment of 15 families.
Registrations must be received one week before the first night of class. For more information or to register, visit www.ldchealth.org or call (785) 843-3060.