Denise Gaulin, Care for Kids
(9 min) This is an interview with Denise Gaulin of the Care for Kids Program in Ontario, Canada. It was recorded on October 16, 2008, at the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance's "Building Healthy Futures II: Strategies for Effective Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence" conference in Richmond, Virginia.
In this interview, Ms. Gaulin describes the theory and practice behind Care for Kids, a comprehensive community approach to fostering healthy sexual development in early childhood.
The Care for Kids curriculum includes training for parents, early childhood educators and for children ages 3 through 8. Care for Kids promotes adult understanding of childrens' sexual development; open, comfortable communication between adults and children about sexuality; and adult responsibility for the safety and healthy development of children. Children receive daily education and support to have personal boundaries, communicate and listen to one another respectfully and know the correct names for all of the parts of their bodies. The Care for Kids curriculum is distributed in the United States by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. For more information about the curriculum, please visit their website.