Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program
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About the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program
The Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program at The Maine Children's Home is an alternative high school program for pregnant and parenting teens. Our school program has been in existence since 1974. Open to pregnant and parenting teens state-wide, it provides prenatal and parenting instruction along with academic and life skills courses. All students are registered as Waterville High School students and work toward earning a Waterville High School diploma.
The Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program is located in Lunder Hall at The Maine Children's Home Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond Campus. There are five certified teachers on location, and other teachers from Waterville High School come to teach specific courses. A full-time clinician is available to support students with individual counseling. On-campus childcare is also available, free of cost, to students while enrolled in our program.
Achieving financial and emotional independence is a tremendous feat in anyone's life. Early parenthood can make the journey more challenging but not hopeless. Our aim is to remove as many deterrents as possible and then to build on the strengths of each young parent. Our goal is to help teen parents understand the concept of positive parenting, to support and assist them as they learn to deal with troublesome issues, and to provide a high quality and relevant education so they can acquire the knowledge and skills to move forward in a healthy life style.
- High school completion
- Pre-natal classes
- Parenting classes
- Independent living
- Individual Counseling
- Psycho-educational groups
- On-site Childcare
- College and Career Support
The Cuddle Me Program is the flagship program of the Partnerships for America and was founded in 2005. When the program was first opened the influx of parents as well as caregivers needing assistance was overwhelming.
Today its distribution network is comprised of other not for profits, churches, and groups who assist in moving its mission forward – providing the essentials of daily living for children birth to 3 years of age.
The Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program in Lunder Hall is a very welcoming and comfortable environment. Our program is able to offer smaller classes, which gives us the ability to provide more individualized attention to our students. Our facility has a computer lab, a library, a cafeteria, a student lounge, several classrooms and an auditorium.
For more information about the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program, email or call (207) 873-4253 to reach Program Director Rebecca Judd, LSW.