ESP’s Healthy Foundations for Future Families curriculum
ESP’s Healthy Foundations curriculum provides pre-parenting education for all teens ages 13 to 19. The content familiarizes students with the many factors that can affect a future family and children’s wellbeing. It is intended primarily for teens who are not yet pregnant or parenting, but it also accommodates teens who have begun to form families.
ESP’s curriculum is research-based, factual, and drawn from multiple disciplines.
- Supports the national Essential Standards for Secondary School Health Education.
- Correlates with emerging standards that emphasize critical-thinking skills.
- Respects cultural and religious differences.
- Accommodates learning differences.
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The complete program has several components. These components are outlined in the Curriculum Components Chart. Components can be used separately or together.
For flexibility in implementation, the curriculum has a modular design (distinct topics). This way, an instructor can select the modules best suited for the students’ needs and available time.
For an optimal learning experience, ESP recommends conducting the full program with all of the components, led by an instructor who has completed a Train-the-Trainer program for certification.
To aid instructors and parents in guiding their teens through the workbook, this Discussion Guide has been added to the curriculum. For each page of the workbook, this Discussion Guide describes the rationale, objectives, key messages, and suggested instructor dialogue. Activities, teen feedback, and information sources are also included.
These two components of the program (the Discussion Guide and Workbook) can be effectively used by themselves, without slides and other materials, in one-on-one settings – such as parental guidance of teens, home-schooling, mentoring programs, and counseling.
Description: Publication – 200 pgs, spiral bound
Audience: For teachers, parents, counselors, and other instructors
Function: The Discussion Guide enables all adults to support and guide youth as they complete the workbook together.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Program Time: To present and discuss all sections of the workbook, plan for about 4-5 hours with your teens, over two or more sittings.
Content: Provides lesson objectives, dialogue prompts, examples from other teens’ workbooks, resources to help guide teens
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The centerpiece of the Healthy Foundations’ curriculum is ESP’s practical, easy-to-use workbook for adolescents age 13-19. The purpose of the workbook is to help teens develop personal goals for their future family, as they learn about real-life challenges and are provided information and tools for achieving their goals. Topics such as life goals, relationships, preconception health, shaken baby syndrome, budgeting, child safety, human development, and discipline tool-kits are presented in teen-friendly language. Case studies facilitate problem-solving skills and application of concepts.
Although teens will benefit most if they receive adult guidance while completing the workbook, the workbook has been written in a self-explanatory way, and teens are able to read and complete it independently.
Description: Publication – Booklet format 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pgs
Audience: For all adolescents age 13-21, males and females, of all learning levels.
Function: The workbook enables teens to create a personal life-plan, which they can keep for future reference and continue to modify.
Program Time: For independent teen completion: allow at least 3 hours of teens’ time to complete the workbook. Divide time into two or more sittings.
Content: Includes topics such as life goals, relationships, preconception health, shaken baby syndrome, budgeting, safety, child development, and discipline.