Exchange Magazine: Early Beginnings Supports Teen Parents and Their Children

 

Story excerpt:

"We all know how expensive it is to raise a child, but imagine how hard it is for parents who are only kids themselves. Currently, Colorado offers some of the nation’s most expensive infant care. Statistics show the average cost of child care is higher than some colleges’ tuition. In an effort to keep teen moms and dads in school, Aurora Public Schools and Early Beginnings are here to support them during what can be the most difficult time in their lives. 

Early Beginnings provides free or minimal cost child care for young parents who attend Aurora Public Schools. For the past seven years, children and families have used Early Beginnings’ programs to become successful in school and life. We have celebrated several high school graduates who have moved forward and enrolled in college. After graduating with either a high school diploma or GED, some of our student parents have chosen to move on to higher education at Pickens Technical College or the Community College of Aurora, which in turn helps them to become more employable and productive members of the community. Our student parents age out of the program at 21, so as long as they meet the age limit requirements, their children are welcome to keep their child care slot at Early Beginnings."