Health Department accepting enrollment for family-based sex education course for preteens

Parents and their children play a board game during one of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's "Kids Need To Know" classes. The Health Department is accepting enrollment for a fall co-ed class that begins Oct. 11.

Parents and their children play a board game during one of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's "Kids Need To Know" classes. The Health Department is accepting enrollment for a fall co-ed class that begins Oct. 11. by Karrey Britt

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is accepting enrollment for a co-ed family-based sexuality education course called “Kids Need to Know.”

The course assists parents of children in fifth and sixth grades in their efforts to be the primary sexuality educators for their children. A parent attends each class with the child.

Classes will be held Tuesdays Oct. 11-Nov. 8 in the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., on the second floor. The course begins with a parents-only night Oct. 11, when curriculum and materials are discussed and any questions are answered.

"We prepare our kids for lots of things they will need to know in life. I can’t think of many things more important than making wise decisions about sexual activity. I also can’t think of better resources than parents,” said Sue McDaneld, Family Planning nurse practitioner at the Health Department. “Sometimes, parents need a little help to be sure their child gets accurate information, and that’s where we can help.”

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.

The cost is $50 per family. There is a minimum enrollment of 12 families and a maximum enrollment of 15 families. Registration must be received by Oct. 5. For more information or to register, visit www.ldchealth.org/KidsNeedtoKnow, email fbsinfo@ldchealth.org or call (785) 843-0721.

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