Although not required to, most CA School District’s rely on the CDE’s Framework for primary guidance on the choice of CYHA curriculums. Framework developers, in turn, relied on a quasi-government organization called the Adolescent Sexual Health Group (ASHWG) to review various curriculums for compliance with CYHA and to make specific recommendations. ASHWG is itself is “a project of the Tides Center,” whose brand is “Challenging the Status Quo… We accelerate the pace of social change with dynamic tools, deep expertise, novel collaborations, and innovative ideas.”
According to its website, “ASHWG is comprised of program managers from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Education (CDE), and key non-governmental organizations (NGO) committed to working more effectively to address the sexual and reproductive health of California adolescents.” ASHWG reviews and endorses curriculum for K-12 grades. Several of the NGOs listed as Partners of ASHWG are themselves curriculum providers. Examples are Cardea Services (“Positive Prevention Plus”), Advancing Health Equity (“Making Proud Choices”) and Health Connected (“Teen Talk”). Another major provider of CYHA curricula is Advocates for Youth (“Rights, Respect, Responsibility”). In addition to the ASHWG endorsed curriculums, the Framework recommends specific books and materials for the various grade levels.