DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – Talking about sex with our children can sometimes be an awkward and daunting conversation.

However, early childhood educators agree that having conversations about sex with our children is important for their healthy development.  Iowa is only 1-of-24 states that require sex education to be taught in schools.

Also known as human growth and development, the course covers topics such as puberty, reproductive anatomy and sexually transmitted infections. The course typically lasts between the 6th and 10th grades.

“They really start to ask questions using the proper terminology in the right way” said Ryan Spires, health teacher for the Dubuque Community School District. “I try to be safe and have them write their questions down on a piece of paper and hand

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