Abstinence Curriculum Requirements
- A curriculum must contain material consistent
with the A-H elements.
- ACF will evaluate all proposed curricula,
supplemental materials, and proposed or anticipated modifications to the
curricula to assure compliance with the 13 themes outlined below. This
review will include a content analysis to determine whether at least 70
percent of the material directly relates to the 13 themes and that each
theme is adequately addressed.
- No one theme should be over or
under represented in the entire curriculum.
- Curriculum must not contain any material
inconsistent with any of the A-H elements.
- Material must not promote contraception and/or
condom use (as opposed to risk elimination).
- A curriculum must not promote or encourage
sexual activity outside of marriage.
- A curriculum must not promote or encourage the
use of any type of contraceptives outside of marriage or refer to
abstinence as a form of contraception.
- Curriculum must be age-appropriate with regard
to the developmental stage of the intended audience. Graphic images of
genitalia for purposes of illustrating the effects of sexually transmitted
diseases (STDs) are inappropriate for certain age groups, especially if
classes are not gender separated.
Additional Guidance Regarding Curriculum Content:
- Abstinence curricula must have a clear
definition of sexual abstinence which must be consistent with the
following: "Abstinence means voluntarily choosing not to engage in
sexual activity until marriage. Sexual activity refers to any type of
genital contact or sexual stimulation between two persons including, but
not limited to, sexual intercourse."
- The curriculum must have a clear message
regarding the importance of student abstinence from sexual activity until
marriage and must emphasize that the best life outcomes are more
likely obtained if an individual abstains until marriage.
- The term "resources" must refer to all
materials to be used in the submitted curriculum.
- Throughout the entire curriculum, the term
"marriage" must be defined as "only a legal union between
one man and one woman as a husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers
only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."
(Consistent with Federal law)
- The curriculum must teach the psychological and
physical benefits of sexual abstinence-until-marriage for youth.
- The curriculum must teach the importance of
marriage, commitment, responsible parenthood, especially fatherhood, and
the potential harm of out-of-wedlock childbearing to all racial,
socioeconomic, geographic, age, gender and ethnic groups.
- Information on contraceptives, if included, must
be age-appropriate and presented only as it supports the abstinence
message being presented. Curriculum must not promote or endorse,
distribute or demonstrate the use of contraception or instruct students in
- The following National Institute of Allergies
and Infectious Diseases definition for STDs must be applied throughout the
Curriculum Description: ACF
requires applicants to provide a detailed description of each of the curricula
they propose to use (limited to six pages each). The curriculum description
consists of two parts:
- Background Information -- Indicate the Applicant
Name, City/State, Project Title, Project Director, Project Director
Telephone, Project Director E-Mail, Curriculum Title, Author/Publisher's
Name and Address, Copyright Date, and Target Audience. Provide a brief
summary describing the proposed curriculum and the agency's past
experience in administering it. For commercially produced curricula,
describe any modifications to the curriculum from previous editions.
Describe any planned modifications to the curriculum and provide the
rationale for each addition or deletion.
- Demonstration of Curriculum's Consistency with
Legislative Requirements- Using the requirements listed in the
"Purpose, Scope and Priorities of the CBAE Program: A-H
Compliance" section of this announcement. Provide examples (quotes,
descriptions or references to page numbers) that show how the curriculum
reflects each of the 13 themes in an adequate and balanced manner.
are also required to submit a complete copy of the proposed curriculum with
their application. The copy of the proposed curriculum does not count toward
the page limitation requirement. Please Note:
According to the technical assistance telephone conference call regarding CBAE
grants that LeAnna attended, only the Table of Contents and the 13 Themes
Correlations are submitted with the application. The curriculum is submitted
when you receive the grant award.
Content Analysis of MBC Curriculum
Content Analysis of Teen-Aid Curriculum
A-H Themes for Me, My World, My Future
A-H Themes for Sexuality, Commitment & Family
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