A PROGRAM FOR TEEN PARENTS
The Teen Parenting Program of District 214 provides the student with facts, information, and resources concerning: pregnancy, labor and delivery, and parenting. A teenage pregnancy can be difficult and District 214 understands the seriousness and sensitivity of the situation. The teen parenting coordinator, a certified professional nurse/teacher, will be conducting an assessment as soon as the school nurse receives confirmation and documentation of the pregnancy in writing by the doctor. There is a team in place, including the school nurse, counselor, social worker, psychologist and the Teen Parenting Coordinator, to support pregnant teens.
The Teen Parenting Program consists of classes that offer high school credit during the school year and a supportive informational class during the summer.
CREDIT BEARING CLASSES
The prenatal class is designed to provide the pregnant teen with facts and information regarding a healthy pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum experience. One of the goals is to encourage the completion of high school and provide resources toward a post high school career. The teen father is welcome to attend this session.
Mondays 6:OOPM-7:1 5PM
Teens who are pregnant, or have delivered and are parenting their baby, are invited to attend this class. Goals and topics for this class include goal setting, consumer education, relationship building, communication, and decision making, continued education, and parenting awareness. Additional items addressed will include raising healthy children, childhood education, and discipline. This is an open, problem-solving opportunity for the teen mother.
This class addresses the needs and concerns specific to the teen father. Issues such as finances, relationships with the teen mother, extended families, fathering, nurturing and caring for the child will be discussed. This is an open, problem-solving support for the teen father.
One class each semester is offered for grandparents to give an overview of the Teen Parenting Program and the classes that are offered.
Both prenatal and teen mothers meet together to discuss parenting and women's issues. The focus of the summer program is solely on the teen mother; therefore, we ask that only the teen mother attend.
Due to the sensitive nature of these classes, confidentiality is stressed and expected. Guests are welcome ONLY with the pre-approval of the instructor.
The Teen Parenting Coordinator welcomes the student’s parent or guardian involvement. Please call the coordinator at 847-718-5954 to set up an appointment to discuss any concerns.
Wendy Allen, APN, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Chris Butler, APN, Certified Nurse Midwife, are available to provide prenatal services at Rolling Meadows High School in the Nurse’s Office on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Students must bring their medical card or a copy of their insurance card to receive services. Wendy and Chris are associated with Northwest Professional Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ltd. at 121 S. Wilke Road, Suite 515, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Phone: (847) 577-BABY (2229), or wwwfor-women-only.org. They are also available on Thursdays after school and on Saturdays in the Arlington Heights office by appointment.
Transportation to Rolling Meadows High School is provided for students enrolled in the teen parenting program from their home or alternative school and back home after class. Students attending the parenting portion with/without babies are provided roundtrip transportation from home. There is no charge for this service.
*Note: By Wednesday of each week, students are responsible for notifying their school nurse if they will or will not be attending the Monday class the following week.
Due to the length of the classes, students are encouraged to bring a nutritious snack. Vending machines are available in the cafeteria for beverages.
Onsite child care is available for each student’s baby at no charge. Adult supervisor(s) are present along with student babysitters to provide child care.
Bring extra diapers, wipes, changing pad, a complete change of clothing, and bottles with formula/breast milk. Please bring a toy that baby enjoys. if baby is ill (fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, pink eye, discharge from eyes or any other illness), keep baby home. A sick baby will not be able to stay in child care. Both mother and baby will be sent home.
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT
High school credit is awarded for the parenting classes. If one or two classes are missed, the instructor will assign a make-up assignment.
FIELD TRIPS / GUEST SPEAKER
A field trip to Northwest Community Hospital is scheduled once each semester. A field trip to Harper College is scheduled in the spring. Guest speakers come periodically to provide information for the students.
A registered District 214 student who is a teen parent (male or female), twenty years of age and under who lives within the boundaries of Township High School District 214 is eligible to attend.
There is at least one instructor and one child care worker who speak Spanish. Translation is available during each class.
Small group meetings are available for teen mothers once a week at Elk Grove High School, Rolling Meadows High School, and Wheeling High School during the school day. Teen mothers are encouraged to attend and will be administratively excused from class by the attendance office.
HOW TO ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM
Registered District 214 students are referred by the school nurse after receiving confirmation and documentation of the pregnancy in writing by the doctor. The Teen Parenting Coordinator will do an on-site assessment to determine the needs of each individual student. Every effort will be made to provide an assessment within two weeks of the request.
Options counseling is available at school from "Hopeful Beginnings," a community agency partnering with District 214 s Teen Parenting Program. Contact Joanne Bratta at (847) 951-4853. A social worker from the agency will meet with the student within 48 hours of initial call.
TEEN PARENTING PROGRAM
Joanne Bratta R.N., B.S.N., M.S.
Office Phone: (847) 718-5954
Free pregnancy tests available at the following agencies by appointment only:
1. Northwest Professional Obstetrics
and Gynecology, Ltd.
121 S. Wilke Rd., Suite 515
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 577- BABY (2229)
2. Firman Community Center
2272 Algonquin Parkway
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
3. Society for the
Preservation of Human Dignity (PHD)
1610 Colonial Parkway
Inverness, IL 60067
Mondays and Thursdays: 9AM-7PM
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9AM-5PM
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