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LPSS to open teen parenting center at Northside High

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There may not be a handbook on parenting but soon there will be a class. The Lafayette Parish School System will open its first teen parenting center. 

The Family and Child Development Center will be located at Northside High. We're told there's room enough for 16 parents and 16 children. The center is scheduled to open in January of 2014. The 90 minute parenting class is for teen parents and their children 6 weeks to four years of age. The parent must enroll as a student at Northside High, remain in school and continue high school with regular attendance.

"We're going to do everything we can to help them to succeed with their education," says June Inhern the assistant director of Early Childhood Education. "We're going to call in different specialties to come and talk to the girls about the different resources; we can connect them to whatever it is they're needs are.  If they need housing, we're going to call housing and ask them to come and talk to the girls."

Inhern walked the parish school board through the details of the program last week. Inhern specified that the teen parent and child will be given time together in the childcare center. 

"In front of experts who can give them some different techniques and tips on how to do things," explains Inhern. 

Inhern is excited, especially for the children. She says they need to start kindergarten ready to learn and the parents will learn how to teach them. "They're going to develop oral language, literacy, cognitive, and social/emotional, and self-help skills."

Julia Clay a parent in Lafayette has a child who attends Northside High. She's hearing about the program for the first time. "I would love to learn new things on how to do things different with my kids.  So, that'll be great," adds Clay.

"We're hoping to have some fathers. That will be very very nice," says Inhern.

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