Teen Parenting Program

Research has shown that student dropout rate can be linked to a number of factors including excessive absences due to teenage pregnancy. In an effort to combat this problem and address the needs of at-risk teen parents, the Montgomery Public School System established a unified system for dealing with student absences associated with pregnancy and teen parenting.

Eligibility: Any student, male or female, enrolled in one of the schools in the Montgomery Public School System who is expecting a baby or already a parent, is eligible for participation in the Teen Parenting Program.

Benefits: Participation in the teen parenting program will provide the pregnant teen the opportunity to attend prenatal appointments and have two weeks (maximum 6 weeks based upon doctor's recommendation) of recovery time after delivery without being penalized for the absences. These absences require a written doctor's excuse. Teen parents who need to miss school due to the need to care for their sick child (ren) may also be given the opportunity to do so, without being penalized, if they have a written doctor's excuse validating the illness of the child (ren).

Student Responsibilities:

  • Joining Parents As Teachers and receiving home visits
  • Attending Parents As Teachers Group Meetings
  • Agreeing to complete work missed while absent
  • Having a responsible family member pick up and turn in assignments, via a student homework packet
  • Agreeing to work with the school to maintain a high standard of scholarship and citizenship while attending school as regularly as possible

This program is managed by the Teen Parenting Coordinator and involves the support of principals, career tech parenting teachers, parent educators, school nurses, school counselors, community resources, and the families of the pregnant teens/teen parents.

What Outcomes Should The Program Seek To Achieve?

Self-Sufficiency Outcomes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens:

  • Increased school attendance
  • Increased progression toward school completion
  • Increased graduation from high school with diploma
  • More successful movement from school to further education and training or employment
  • Increased length of time between first birth and second pregnancy

Developmental Goals for Children of Adolescent Parents:

  • Increased healthy births
  • Increased age-appropriate physical, emotional, cognitive and social development
  • Increased readiness for school success
  • Increased on-time receipt of appropriate health and child development services

Goals for Families:

  • Increased practice of good parenting skills, including ability to obtain needed services for one's children and to provide developmentally appropriate nurturing and stimulation
  • Reduced use of inappropriate discipline
  • Reduced incidence of child neglect or abuse and domestic violence

Services for Adolescent Parents:

  • Flexible, quality educational options
  • Referral to quality child care and child development programs
  • Referral to prenatal care and family planning services
  • Case management services
  • Family support services that include the teen's own family and potentially the child's father
  • Parenting, child development and nutrition education
  • Support services, including transportation assistance
  • Transition support to post-secondary education, training or employment services

Services for Children:

  • Referral to quality child care and child development programs
  • Promotion of well-child care, including immunizations and physical examinations
  • Developmental and other screens (including lead screens)with appropriate follow-up services
  • Access to health care services