Keyword for this page: Teen Parent
The Teenage Parent Program is designed to meet the needs of pregnant or parenting students and their children. This voluntary program is designed to provide participating students educational and ancillary services to facilitate the completion of high school. The program includes the following services:
Pregnant and parenting students who are enrolled in a K-12 Polk County Public School are eligible to participate in the Teenage Parent Programs. Pregnant students must present a medically documented proof of pregnancy. Parenting student must present the child’s birth certificate or other official medical record(s) of the child’s birth.
Teenage fathers, who are currently enrolled students, are also encouraged to participate in the Teen Parent programs. Documentation of fatherhood must also be presented. A child’s birth certificate, with the father’s name documented or a notarized affidavit of fatherhood is acceptable.
The decision to attend the Teen Parent Program is based on a voluntary agreement between the student, the home school guidance counselor, and the students’ parent/guardian.
An appointment is then made with the appropriate Teen Parent Program staff to continue the enrollment process.
There are two service options available to students entering the Teen Parent Program.
Haines City High School Pilot Teen Parent Program, located on the campus of Haines City High School, 2800 Hornet Drive, Haines City, Florida 33844.
Ridge Teen Parent Program, located at Ridge Career Center, 7700 State Road 544, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Traviss Teen Parent Program, located at Traviss Career Center, 3225 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
Students may remain at their home school and receive the benefits from education at that school. In addition to continuing their regular academic studies, pregnant or parenting students who complete the required parenting course with a grade of “C” or better will then receive ancillary services, including voucher childcare services, transportation, coordinated health services and social services.
LaTonnja Key, M.A.
Teen Parent Programs
7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL 33881-9518
The Teen Parent Program Student Handbook provides more information on what the program involves.