High Quality Childcare for Teenage Parents

High Quality Childcare for Teenage Parents

 
Student Parenting and Family Services provides high-quality care and support for high school parents and their families. Photo Matt Higbee

Successful Outcomes for Parents and Children

Yale Law students doing outreach at homeless shelters in the early 1990s were routinely meeting teenage mothers who had dropped out of high school to take care of their babies.

The future lawyers approached New Haven Public Schools with a proposal — to offer early childcare at high school. Enlisting the support of early childhood education experts, the group formed the nonprofit Student Parenting and Family Services.

Since inception, the nonprofit has provided high-quality care for hundreds of infants and toddlers while supporting parents with access to health services and academic counseling.

The Community Foundation has long supported the program, which has achieved results that speak for themselves: Ninety-nine percent of the participants graduate from high school, 97% do not have another baby while in high school, and many go on to college or career training.

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