Go!Kids Curriculum

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A groundbreaking curriculum to promote healthy eating and wellness for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years

CAS Go!Kids is a comprehensive program that instills healthy eating and active living practices in toddlers and their parents through stories, songs, yoga, movement and cooking. Using the same proven teaching methods that work for early learning in academic subjects, the CAS Go!Kids lessons are engaging and varied, and they continually reinforce one another.

CAS Go!Kids has been developed and tested since 2003 by The Children’s Aid Society of New York, one of the nation’s premier agencies serving the educational and developmental needs of children from birth through adulthood.

The Heart of the Curriculum

The success of CAS Go!Kids comes from its comprehensive scope. Children learn not only what to eat, but how healthy foods build strong bodies. Building on this knowledge, the cooking demonstrations help make healthy food a fun-filled exploration into new flavors and textures with kid-tested winning recipes.

  • Every body is special and unique
  • Our bodies deserve the best:
    • healthy foods
    • regular exercise

Food basics:

  • Healthy “go!”foods give us energy; unhealthy “slow” foods slow our bodies down
  • We need a variety of healthy “go!” foods to build strong bodies

Movement:

  • Moving our bodies gives us energy and makes us strong
  • Breathing and stretching helps us relax

Adventures with food:

  • Hands-on cooking activities in the classroom helps us explore flavors, aromas, and textures of different foods
  • We discover that healthy foods taste great

Research

In 2008, The Children’s Aid Society partnered with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services to train teachers in seven preschool programs to adopt the Go!Kids curriculum in their classrooms. Karp Resources, along with Dr. Carolyn Berry, the Deputy Director and Associate Research Professor at the Wagner Graduate School of New York University, conducted the randomized controlled evaluation. The evaluation showed a significant impact on student behavior after completing one year of the program. Key findings include:

  • When offered a choice between an apple and a candy (a Twizzler) two consecutive times, 57 percent of students who participated in the Go!Kids program chose the apple the second time, as compared to only 33 percent of students in the control group. This represents a statistically significant difference of 72%.
  • At the end of the program, 70 percent of students were able to correctly identify the “Go!Food” (healthy) and 73 percent were able to identify the “Slow Food” (not so healthy).
  • Parents reported that their children were more willing to try new foods.