Options is a school-based program that provides training and individual support to pregnant or parenting high school students and their children from birth to age 3.
Goals of Options
The program ensures high school graduation of pregnant and parenting students, facilitates school readiness of the child and helps students become self sufficient before deciding to have a second child.
it feels good to know that they’ll always be there for me.
Options provides information and training through weekly group meetings in school and ongoing, individual support through home visiting services. Participants receive parenting education, developmental screenings and age-appropriate activities for each teen parent and child to take part in together. The program develops community support for participants through referrals to health, social service and childcare agencies in their neighborhood.
- Impacted 100 students with continued parenting education and at-home support
- 85% graduation rate among program participants during 2008-09 school year
- Provide each student’s child with developmental screenings, prenatal care and immunization monitoring, children’s books and literacy activities