At Florence Crittenton, we have curriculum designed specifically for our teen moms to develop their parenting skills. If you have questions about the courses below, you can reach our parenting education expert, Christine Watkins.
Teen Parenting 1: Focuses on parenting needs for 0-2 year olds. Students learn about many different aspects of parenting including; what to do for illness and injuries, nutrition, sleep, routines, childproofing, discipline, brain development, how to manage your own emotions and how children grow and develop. Students get to interact with the children in the Early Childhood Education Center one day a week and participate in playgroup weekly where we sing songs, read books, play, create art and support each other as parents.
Teen Parenting 2: Focuses on parenting needs for 2-4 year olds. Students learn about many different aspects of parenting including; basic first aid and treating common injuries, nutrition, parenting styles, routines, childproofing, positive discipline techniques, different temperaments of children, how to manage your own emotions and how children grow and develop from 2-4 years old. Students get to interact with the children in the Early Childhood Education Center one day a week. Weekly playgroups provide time to sing songs, read books, play, create art, and practice parenting concepts.
Understanding Parenting: Students will engage in a variety of activities designed to support them in having healthy pregnancy, prepare for birth, and care for a newborn. Topics covered include: the reproductive process, male and female anatomy, fetal growth, labor and delivery, pain relief techniques, what’s normal and not normal during pregnancy, postpartum care for self and baby, breastfeeding, birth control, hands on baby care, nutrition and cooking, and making baby books. We will have guest teachers on a weekly basis.
Childcare Lab: Prerequisite, Teen Parenting 1 or 2 and being a parent with a child in the Early Childhood Education Center on campus. One to two days a week, class will be in the ECEC learning about childcare requirements, routines, procedures, and how to best support the growth and development of children at different ages. We will also have playgroup with fellow classmates 1-2 times a week. Students will learn new parenting techniques based on current needs they may have with raising their child.