During Parent/Child Interaction time at the North Education Center Early Learning Center, the teen parents and their infants and toddlers have been talking about college and post-secondary education, for themselves AND for their children. This discussion along with college representatives visiting, are excellent opportunities for students to discover future options, and to begin defining their goals.
According to Principal, Tonya Allen, the post-secondary experiences allow students to begin seeing their dreams become reality.
“There is no greater benefit to our parenting students than the opportunity to interact with college and post-secondary staff,” Tonya said recently. “I know that the partnership between high school and college is important and want to keep access available to support the desires of our students.”
Along with the Interaction time, the infants and toddlers were each given “Future College Graduate” t-shirts that were designed and printed in our NEC classrooms.
The Parent/Child Interaction time is held one period each week and is part of the Parenting Class that students earn credit for each semester. Other topics include healthy family relationships, self-advocacy, sleep safety, child development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual), discipline, attachment, mental health, nutrition and goal setting. This time is led by District 287 staff who may be a parent child specialist, parent education teacher, school nurse, social worker or psychologist. Community agencies also send speakers for the Parent/Child Interaction time.
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