Lafayette: High school daycare keeps moms in class

LAFAYETTE (AP) — At least 12 students have applied for a new program aimed at keeping teen mothers in school, Lafayette Parish school officials say.
The program will include parenting classes and on-campus daycare, June Inhern, the school system’s assistant director of early child education.
Parenting classes begin Jan. 13 at Northside High School. Inhern hopes to have daycare available by the end of January — the child care center is being renovated and then will face a care center licensing visit from the state.
She said 10 of the 12 students enrolled already attend Northside. The two others are zoned for Acadiana and Carencro.
At least one of them had dropped out of school when she was pregnant and re-enrolled because of the program, Inhern said.
The program has space for up to 16 students and 16 children. But one girl has twins, so student enrollment may be capped at 15 this year, Inhern said.
The district is still taking applications.
Inhern said 17 teen girls expressed strong interest in the program. “I think the interest is there and it will grow once we open and they can come to visit,” Inhern said.
The parenting classes serve as electives that can lead to certification and jobs in child care.
The district wanted to enroll 32 students but the School Board approved about half the money requested.

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