Guidelines for the Sexual Health Education Component of Comprehensive Health Education


In this section:

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This resource list reflects only a sample of existing resources that are available to support the implementation of sexual health education programs. Each local school district is expected to select medically accurate and developmentally appropriate resources that reflect the needs of their local communities.

Connecticut governmental agencies

Department of Education (CSDE)

Connecticut State Department of Education 

Connecticut School Health Survey  

Department of Public Health (DPH)

AIDS and Chronic Diseases Section
Community Distribution Center funded by DPH. Free informational pamphlets and materials.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Section

Viral Hepatitis Section

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Safe Harbors Resource for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Youth 

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

HIV Services 

Department of Social Services (DSS)

Fatherhood Initiative of Connecticut

University of Connecticut Health Center

Connecticut Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Federal agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

DHAP Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBIs) 

DHAP Replicating Effective Programs Plus 

Adolescent and School Health 

Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention 

Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) Compendium of HIV Prevention Interventions with Evidence of Effectiveness 

Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

Division of Viral Hepatitis Prevention htm resource/dz_burden02.htm

National Center for HIV/STD and TB Prevention 

National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)

Office of Adolescent Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Trends in Youth Sexual Behavior

National Institute of Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse 

National Institutes of Health 

Office on Women’s Health

Girls Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) 

Teacher resources

Lesson Plans

Advocates for Youth 


Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). SexEd Library.

SIECUS. Filling the Gaps:  Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education, by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. 

The Center for Family Life Education. Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc. 

Resources for Sex Education

Sex Ed 101: A Collection of Sex Education Lesson Plans, by Bill Taverner

Positive Images: Teaching Abstinence, Contraception and Sexual Health, Third Edition, by Peggy Brick and Bill Taverner 

Making Sense of Abstinence: Lessons for Comprehensive Sex Education, by Bill Taverner and Sue Montfort 

New Methods of Puberty Education, by Carolyn Cooperman and Chuck Rhoades

Healthy Foundations – Teacher’s book:  Responding to young children’s questions and behaviors regarding sexuality, by Sue Montfort, Peggy Brick and N. Blume. 

The Family Life and Sexual Health Education (F.L.A.S.H.) Program 

Special Populations

Oak Hill Center for Relationship & Sexuality Education, Serving youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Positive Choices Curricula .

The Family Life and Sexual Health Education (F.L.A.S.H.) Program  

Other Teacher Resources

Advocates for Youth Web site for LGBQ Youth   

American Psychological Association: Healthy Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students Project 


Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 

Interactive Educational Theater 

Kaiser Family Foundation and MTV 

Health Teen Network

Nemours Foundation 

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network 

Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (RCAPP) 

Teaching About Sexuality and HIV, (1996). Hedgepeth,
E. and Helmich, J. New York University Press, New York. ISBN # 0-814-3515-0. Provides principles and methods for teaching about sexuality and HIV. 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

True Colors Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services  

Parent/family resources 

Advocates for Youth. Parent’s Sex Ed Resource Center

Families are Talking - A SIECUS Newsletter Series for Parents and Caregivers available in English and Spanish 

National PTA. Child Safety

Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities. An Instructional Manual for Parents or Caregivers of and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Sexuality Across the Lifespan.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

Talking with Kids about Sex and Relationships  


Advocates for Youth, Advocacy Toolkit

American School Health Association (ASHA).   Introductory Guide to Advocacy: Working to Improve Advocacy for School Health Education and Services

American School Health Association (ASHA). Promoting Healthy Youth, Schools, and Communities, A Guide to Community-School Health Councils  (2003). Published by American Cancer Society, Iowa Department of Public Health, American School Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Center for Health Education.

American School Health Association (ASHA). Strategies for Change: A Field Guide to Social Marketing for School Health Professionals

Research data

Child Trends 

Connecticut School Health Survey  

Guttmacher Institute 

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data 

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Trends in Youth Sexual Behavior

General resources

Advocates For Youth. Science and Success: Sex Education and Other Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexuality Transmitted Infections  

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Liver Foundation

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association. Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation & Youth:  A Primer for Principals, Educators & School Personnel .

California Healthy Kids Resource Center

Casparian, E.M., & Goldfarb, E.S. (2000 ). Our whole lives: Sexuality education for grades 4-6. Boston, MA:  Unitarian Universalist Association. 

Chrisman, K., & Couchenour, D. (2002). Healthy sexuality development:  A guide for early childhood educators and families. Washington, DC. National Association for the Education of Young Children. National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

Connecticut Clearinghouse 

Council of Chief State School Officers School Health Project 

Girls Inc

Healthy Teen Network & ETR Associates. Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC)

Hepatitis Foundation International 

Mayle, P. (1977, 1995). Where did I come from? Secaucus, NJ:  Carol Publishing Group. (Two editions:  African American, Caucasian.)

Mayle, P. (1977, 2000). What’s happening to me ? Secaucus, NJ:  Carol Publishing Group.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 

National Network for Youth 

Sex Education and Other Programs That Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV, & Sexually Transmitted Infections 

Sexuality Education Within Comprehensive School Health Education, 2nd Edition . American School Health Organization, 2003. Kent, Ohio. 

Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets

SIECUS. Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, 3rd edition

Sprung, B. (1999). Our whole lives: Sexuality education for grades K-1. Boston, MA:  Unitarian Universalist Association. 

Teach & Talk:  When Sex is the Subject , by Pamela Wilson, Marcia Quackenbush, and Bill Kane, 2001, published by ETR Associates.

The Kaiser Family Foundation 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Making the List