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Registered: 04-19-2004
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Tue, 05-04-2010 - 7:42pm

How do you feel about childcare services being provided on location in a high school? If there is going to be one - where should the funds for such a facility come from: state aid (just as a traditional dc provider would get who signs up) or through the state education budget? what if the student uses school dc and then needs dc for going to a job? Should the school facility stay open or should they then have to use a traditioinal provider offsite w/ state aid?

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Registered: 08-15-2007
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 8:22pm

We have an on-site daycare at one of our high schools. It takes care of babies so that the moms can finish their education but it also has classes for pregnant teens who are planning to keep their babies. Instead of

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 9:17pm

Around here teen mothers still in high school can apply for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), and then they place their child in a certified CCCAP home (licensed providers have the option to be certified or not--I have been for several years, and some centers are certified). They are told by CCCAP exactly what hours/days their child qualifies for care and then CCCAP will ONLY pay for those hours/days. So if a high school student wants to play sports or have an after school job, it's doubtful that CCCAP would pay for those hours. I imagine if some of the schools around here decided to do an onsite child care it would be funded in much the same way. The initial building (or renovation of current space) would probably be funded by some state agency. I'm sure there are schools in town (Colorado Springs) that already have onsite care. Our district doesn't.

My personal opinion--I'm all for it. Funded and managed properly a program that teaches teen parents HOW to parent and supports them finishing their education is a really good thing. These babies having babies have it hard enough. Granted, they got themselves into the situation, but we shouldn't just abandon them because of it. The babies need good parents. Why not take what may be a bad or difficult situation and make some positive out of it. Jmho, of course. :)

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Registered: 01-12-2010
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 11:31pm

I agree with pp's....
here it's lil different, we have schools just for teen moms....all funded by gov't incl daycare from like 8-4; but the moms have class that whole time with breaks to go see babe once in am, at lunch, and once in pm...(& extended breaks between classes for moms that are bf'ing)...but graduating also includes MANDATORY parenting classes.

My thoughts are that extended hours SHOULD be available as long as mom is working - why would anyone discourage a young mom trying to make money to support her child while she also tries to finish her education, so that she can support her child? But of course Mom should have to have some kind of proof of her work schedule.

In my exp, there were grandparents who were picking up babies from care at closing time (6 pm) bcs mom went from school to work from 5-9. But a teenage mom that drops out due to lack of support/chances/affordable child care is LESS ideal IMHO. In that sitch, mom DID get to spend time with babe throughout the day, mom was working to support herself, and obviously had family support.

Of course ppl are already objecting. They think it encourages teen pregnancy. But I personally think there's a difference between encouraging, recognizing, and realistically dealing with situations.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 12:18am

Well, without spending too much thought on who should pay or how it should be paid the idea of an onsite daycare sounds like an opportunity for both the young parents to continue their much needed education and an opportunity for the school to open a child development center with required classes for these young parents to take child development, infant/child care, and positive disapline courses as part of their education. In fact, I believe it should be a required class for all students before US GOV.

I feel the teachers or childcare providers should hold a degree in this field, and have a teachers credential so that they are not just providing care for the young children, but offering hands on mentoring to the high school students. Especially the young parents.

Would YOU want to care for a state pay h.s. student's baby? YES. and here's why....As a young mother (20) I watched my very own provider mentor her 15 yr old grand daughter

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Registered: 05-16-2006
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 10:03am

When I was in high school, there was a daycare on site. It was my understanding the woman that worked the daycare was a school employee. The student mom's were required to go to the daycare during one block/period a day and help care for not only their child, but ALL the others as well as a class. It seemed to work pretty well. The mom's that did use it probably would have quit school if the school daycare wasn't available.

I know they don't all work that way, but that's how it used to be run at my high school.

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 10:32pm

Thank you all for your input.

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Registered: 04-24-2009
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 10:41am

You really can state both sides of this case. Sadly, the reality is that teen pregnancy is becoming epidemic. The education is out there, but these kids all live in the world of, "It will never happen to me," until it does. Because these situations exist and because our government is going to end up paying in one way or another, I'd much rather see funds being put into centers such as this one being considered.

Kids mess up. They make mistakes. I think that everyone deserves a second chance and everyone deserves and education. If we make sure these kids get educations, then its more likely that they will spend LESS time on government aide.

Having centers at the school makes sense. There do need to be strict and I do think that parenting classes should be mandatory.

Government money is already being spent helping people in these situations with child care, food expenses, rent, etc. Its just a matter of directing funds into these programs. Who knows, it might end up saving us all money in the long run....

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