- Gresham High School
Gresham High School Teen Parent Program (Click HERE for the link)
Teen Parenting Program Quick Information:
Program Coordinator: Julianne Standish
Serving Infants (6wks. to 18 mths); Toddlers (18 mths to 35 mths); and Preschoolers (3 yrs to 5 yrs)
Certified by the State of Oregon
Oregon Employment Department, Child Care Division
Certification # CC501348
Teen Parent Liaison: Rachelle Sanchez
Gresham High Child Development Center Philosophy
Staff at the Gresham High Child Development Center want all children to feel confident and secure enough to explore and grow in a stimulating educational and social environment.
We provide the chance for all children to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills from infancy.
We believe it is important to allow all children to plan, prepare, and think about their learning and their ideas.
We recognize the role of play in the development of all children: play allows them to be curious, creative, inventive, and imaginative.
We take pride that our structured environment encourages emotional well-being, socialization, communication, cognitive process, and gives opportunities for motor skill development through various developmental activities while using daily routines.
The development and training of Center staff is a continuous process which includes attending workshops, classes, and through frequent discussions. Your child is our focus!
Gresham High Teen Parent Program
The Gresham High School Teen Parent Program provides an essential service to pregnant and parenting students. The program is based on the premise that teen parents will be more successful in school if they can access quality childcare on-site and participate in classes that enhance their understanding of age-appropriate parenting skills.
The Child Development Center provides teen parents, and other students, experiential learning opportunities that emphasize positive care giving and parenting skills for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children.
Since it’s inception in 1997, over 200 teen parents have been encouraged to utilize CDC child care services and participate in the Teen Parenting Seminar and Teen Parent Supervision classes. The teen parents must enter into a contract to maintain 80% overall attendance and make academic progress in order to receive services and cost-free childcare for their child.
- To provide services and community connections which promote graduation for pregnant/parenting teens.
- To provide a school-based contact and support system for pregnant/parenting teens in a traditional high school setting.
- To provide instruction as it relates to parenting skills, life skills, child development and supervised childcare training.
- To provide consistent support and ongoing case management services for pregnant/parenting teens that must balance their personal and educational responsibilities.
- To provide high quality childcare services for teen parents, including age appropriate activities and experiences.
- To support each students’ transition to post-secondary education or other post-high school preparatory programs.
Teen parent students may transfer to Gresham High School or they can co-enroll with GHS and their home school.
Students attending GHS will be enrolled in the Teen Parent Seminar class with Mrs. Standish first period. They will also have a Parent-Child class in the CDC nursery or classroom at GHS with their child. In this class students will spend time bonding and learning with their child. This class is required for free childcare in the CDC at GHS. The parent-child class is offered periods 1-7. They will earn elective credit for these classes.
Teen parents throughout the GBSD may participate in Gresham High School’s Teen Parent Program with the co-enrollment option. They will have a Teen Parent Group in place of the Teen Parent Seminar class at GHS. The Teen Parent Group will be led by the district's Teen Parent Liaison Rachelle Sanchez. The group will be held at the students home school twice a week during lunch. There is no academic credit for the Teen Parent Group. These students will also have a Parent-Child class in the CDC nursery or classroom at GHS with their child. In this class students will spend time bonding and learning with their child. The class is offered periods 1-7. This class is required for free childcare in the CDC at GHS.
If transportation is needed, it will be provided by the district.
We are proud partners with Mt Hood Community College's Early Head Start program. All teen parents enrolled in the Program will be automatically enrolled in MHCC's Early Head Start Program also and will receive all those services through the school Center. The Early Head Start Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) program supports teen parents by enriching school district child development programs in our community with wrap-around services, including health, social and educational support.
The benefits GHS CDC and EHS-CCP offer:
School-Day hours Monday-Friday, free child care
Low child-to-teacher ratio and enhanced curriculum with a focus on the individual needs of children.
Free supplies, including diapers, wipes and formula/meals during care.
Family engagement activities, parent/teacher conferences, and family support workers
Connections to developmental care and services, including medical, dental, nutrition, vision and mental health screenings and assistance.