Teen Parent Education Program
Helping teen parents build a foundation for their future
Teen Parent Education Program at MCH (also known as the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent Education Program) is a program for pregnant and parenting teens. Our teen program has been in existence since 1974. Open to pregnant and parenting teens statewide, 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 regular Waterville High School diploma.
The program is located in Lunder Hall on the Maine Children’s Home Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond Campus. Our program offers smaller classes, which gives us the ability to provide more individualized attention to our students. Our facility has a library, a cafeteria, a student lounge, several classrooms and an auditorium, and students use school-provided laptops.
There are six certified teachers on location, and other teachers from Waterville High School come to teach specific courses. A 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 lifestyle.
- High school completion
- Prenatal & parenting classes
- Partnering with Teen Parents, a Parents As Teachers curriculum
- Independent living
- Summer Group & Evening Group
- Individual counseling
- Psycho-educational groups
- On-site early care and education
- College and career support
- Case management
- Referrals to additional community services
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register?
Students who are interested in enrolling or obtaining more information about Teen Parent Education Program at MCH should call (207) 877-9469. A tour, intake, and initial assessment of whether this program will meet the student’s needs will be scheduled.
What courses are offered?
All courses included in a regular high school curriculum are offered, with the addition of independent living, prenatal, and parenting classes.
How much will it cost me to attend this program?
There is no cost. However, students are charged for textbooks and school materials that are not returned.
What size are the classes?
Our classes have between five and 20 students. Most classes have fewer than 15 students.
What do I do about childcare for my child while I’m in school?
Bright Beginnings Learning Center is an on-site early care and education center for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that is available to teen parents attending our program.
How will I get to school?
Students are expected to have transportation to and from school. If transportation is an issue, the director will help students explore transportation services.
Will I receive any help with college plans?
Students receive help with college planning from the Waterville High School guidance office and from the director of Teen Parent Education Program at MCH. Education plans are formulated and reviewed with each student. Field trips to local colleges are organized each year.