Each pregnant student has access to Prenatal and/or Parenting classes while participating in the TPS Program. These classes vary by location. Additionally, pregnant student are assigned a Minnesota Visiting Nurse (MVNA). In partnership with MVNA, theTPS Program helps our pregnant students with accessing prenatal care as well as setting up their maternity leave from school when they have their baby. Students will receive homebound services for six weeks after having their baby. Upon completion of a homebound application signed by a doctor, new moms are assigned a tutor who comes out to their home and helps them work on assigned homework.TPS Program staff are available to assist new parents with the transition back to school, helping to arrange transportation, applications for Child Care Assistance (CCA) and child care. Homebound Tutors assist the student in turning in all assignments to the classroom teachers for credit.
At the TPS Program, we recognize that our students are also parents. We feel it is important to educate and support their roles as parents as well as MPS students. Recent research has highlighted the importance of a child's development in the first 3 years of life. It has been determined that by age 3, a child's brain has reached about 90% of its adult size. Children's earliest experiences have a profound impact on the way their brains organize and develop, and can affect their ability to learn and suceed in school and later in life. Because of this, we place a value on the high quality of child care experiences we offer to our parents as well as the parent education opportunities.
The TPS Program works in partnership with the Early Childhood Family Education program to provide trained parent educators that provide classes, support groups and one on one support for MPS student parents at Henry, Edison, Longfellow, North, Roosevelt, & South High Schools. The level and kind of parenting education and support varies among the schools.