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District 16 opens Teen Parent Program

Sandy Hanson
Special to the Post Independent

When the Grand Valley Early Childhood Literacy Center opened in the fall of 2002 only part of the center’s mission had been completed.

As the doors open for the 2003-04 school year another piece of the puzzle has been completed – the addition of the Teen Parent Program.

Since its inception, the center has been rapidly filling the needs of Garfield County School District No. 16’s youngest students. Those needs will now expand to help pregnant and parenting teens earn their high school diploma while they receive guidance for successful parenting.

“We need to be able to reach all of our students,” said Steven McKee, District 16 superintendent. “In the past, teen parents have had to travel to Glenwood Springs if they wished to continue their education and take advantage of a program such as this. This is a great asset to the community.”

With the help of a grant from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, District 16 was able to implement the Teen Parenting Program.

Students enrolled in the Teen Parent Program will have access to Duncan’s Fun House, a full service day care center located on the center’s campus. The focus of the program is to provide the students with successful parenting skills, independent living and vocational options.

“The program will not only help the young mothers with their education, but, it will also stress how important it is for the parent to be involved with their child’s education and that education starts at a very young age. We hope that this will give both the mother and child a head start on being successful in the future,” said McKee.

Pregnant or parenting teens who are interested in joining the Teen Parent Program should call McKee at 285-5701.

– Sandy Hanson is the public information director for Garfield County School District No. 16.

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