The vision of LISD’s Young Parent Services (YPS) program is to ensure that all young parents will graduate feeling connected, empowered, and confident in making healthy choices for themselves and their child’s future by providing young parents and pregnant teens with:
- Academic guidance
- Emotional support
- Current and age-appropriate pre-natal and child development information
- Parent and child health information
- Community resources
Young Parent Services (YPS), formerly known as Pregnancy Related Services (PRS), is a combination of Support Services and Compensatory Education Home-bound Instruction (CEHI).
The Young Parent Services Manager will provide case management and service coordination for those students who are pregnant or a young parent in the district. She will meet initially with students and family to explain comprehensive services and provide the Parents As Teachers and Acts of Love information and applications.
The School Counselors will set up the initial PRS* (Pregnancy Related Services) meeting and notifying the attendees with the purpose of completing the individualized service plan to best meet the student’s needs and coordinate services. They will provide academic counseling and course registration support, monitor attendance and provide counseling services and referral to LISD Family Services Team, if needed.
The School Nurse will provide health services at each campus. The school nurse will be aware of the situation and help to monitor the student if she is not feeling well or in need of health related accommodations at school. She will assist with prenatal medical help as needed or connect her with other medical resources, if necessary.
The Parents As Teachers Nurse is a certified lactation counselor. She will meet prenatally with the student, at school or at the student’s home, to go over the basics of breastfeeding and to answer any questions. She will also meet with each student, if requested, to answer general labor and delivery process questions.
The Parents As Teachers Parent Educator will provide support to both young parents (when appropriate) by beginning bi-weekly visits prenatally on the child’s campus, sharing current and age-appropriate prenatal child development and parent health information throughout the pregnancy, assisting in obtaining services from government agencies and community service organizations such as prenatal health care as well as health and nutrition programs and contacting the school counselor, CEHI teacher and case manager when the baby is born.
*PRS Eligibility Requirements
- Pregnant student must currently attend an LISD school.
- Pregnancy must be verified by a licensed medical doctor in the US, by a nurse practitioner or midwife, or by a school staff member.
- Student has delivered a live, aborted, or stillborn baby, suffered a miscarriage or death of a newborn, or placed her baby up for adoption
Prenatal Health Services
Health Services are provided by the nurse on each campus. Once a student is identified as pregnant, a general Pregnancy Related Services (PRS) meeting is held with the student and her parents to create an individualized service plan for the young mom to be. The school nurse is part of that meeting so that she can be aware of the situation and help to monitor the student if she is not feeling well or in need of health related accommodations at school. She will assist with prenatal medical help as needed or connect her with other medical resources, if necessary.
Parents As Teachers Nurse
Lactation services are provided by the Parents As Teachers Nurse who is a certified lactation counselor. She will meet prenatally with the student, at school or at the student’s home, to go over the basics of breastfeeding and to answer any questions. She will also meet with each student, if requested, to answer general labor and delivery process questions.
Ongoing Family Health Services
- Provide postpartum support and medical help as needed or connect her with other medical resources, if necessary.
- The school nurse will assist breastfeeding young parents by providing a private area at school for young parent to pump breast milk and by providing a place at school for young parent to store the breast milk. This is done in a cooler provided by the student.
Parents As Teachers Nurse
- Lactation support services are provided by the Parents As Teachers lactation nurse who is a certified lactation counselor, either by phone or with personal visits.
- Administer annual hearing and vision screenings for the child as part of the developmental screening process.
Parenting Education and Parents as Teachers
Young Parent Services provides parenting education through individual visits, group classes and family events through LISD Parents As Teachers.
The young parents will meet one on one with their parent educator every other week. There are English and Spanish speaking parent educators. The visits can continue until the child is four or five, as long as the parents continue to live within the boundaries of our service.
Parent Educator/Home Visitor
Provides support to the young parents by:
- Administering annual screenings (developmental, health, hearing and vision)
- Sharing current and age-appropriate child development, developmental centered parenting skills and family wellness information
- Collecting data to assist in planning individualized visits, for annual program improvements and to assess program validity. Data collection may include: tracking of child development, family demographics, school performance and goals set by the family.
- Providing assistance in obtaining services from government agencies and community service organizations including child care for the baby. As a student at LISD, the baby is eligible for free childcare at Acts of Love ECEC (if space is available) and the parent educator will help facilitate this process. Acts of Love is a partner with Head Start.
Book Bag Program
At every visit, your home visitor will leave a bag of books for you to read with your little ones. We can fill the entire newsletter with research on how important it is in a child’s life to be a good reader… educationally, socially, emotionally, and eventually professionally. However, Dr. Seuss says it best … “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” YOU can change your child’s life by reading to him/her every day. We want to support families in this important endeavor by providing you with fun books to connect, engage, and learn along with your child. Enjoy!
English program description and Spanish program description (for our young parents that have flexibility in their school schedule or have graduated)
Loving Littles Class
Loving Littles Classes are led weekly by Michelle Oakley, RN.
I am so excited to be a part of Loving Littles! What a great way to connect as you walk through pregnancy and the early baby months. We will discuss safe sleeping practices, infant massage, postpartum depression, self-care, breast feeding, and more. This group is for you! So if there is something specific you want to talk about, let us know! I am so looking forward to getting to know you and your babies during this exciting time in your life! Please let me know if you have any questions. Call me at 512-570-0321 or email [email protected].
With anticipation for a great year,
Michelle Oakley, RN
Baby Sing & Sign
Come learn how to enhance communication with your little one! This class is designed for children just starting to learn to talk. We will learn signs, sing songs, and engage in activities that will encourage children to use their first words, such as daddy, mommy, eat, and more.
Do you have a little one that is walking and getting into everything? Is he never still and intent on exploring? You have a toddler! … And we have a class for you! Come join us for an hour of playing and interacting with toddlers! We will learn signs for language development.
Elaine is excited about serving you and your little ones in Terrific Twos this year! Come and play with your two-year-old in a classroom designed just for him or her! Little ones will practice independence, pretend play, turn taking, book reading, outdoor play, and sensory play. Please be on time so that you don’t miss a special greeting from Ms. Elaine!
Family Wellness Class
The Family Wellness Class is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children…and their families! Children of all ages and their caregivers are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing, having fun, and eating healthy.
Stay and Play
Stay and Play is an “open-ended” playgroup with the purpose of giving you a chance to play with your child in an environment with other children. Come stay and play with us from 10:30 AM to 12-ish Monday through Friday. You can come and go at any time, as long as you play with your child and clean up where you played. We say 12-ish because our Music/Story Time sometimes runs a little long. On Wednesday, music and story time will be in Spanish. When you come for Stay and Play, please make sure that you get a copy of the guidelines and fill out/complete a new a media form for the year.
Our Stay and Play has a traditional and wonderful indoor playroom and a wonderful outdoor classroom, too. It is located behind the portables in a completely enclosed area. The children have nicknamed it “The Backyard” and we love that name! Research tells us that children who play outdoors play more creatively, have lower stress levels, have more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, and have greater respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment. We hope you will enjoy this space each time you come to Stay and Play with your child! Please keep in mind that The Backyard is a continuation of the playroom and needs to be taken care of in the same manner.
Fall Festival, Winter Party and Roll and Read (at Devine Lake Park) are evening events offered this school year for the entire family to enjoy!
The Swap Shop
(Infant, toddler and children clothing through 5T, maternity clothes) The Swap Shop is open daily from 9-12 for you to donate or grab children’s clothing and items*. We hope that you are able to utilize it to by bringing gently worn clothes your children have outgrown and swapping them for clothes they need. If you are not able to make it during 9-12 call a staff member to set up a time to visit.
This resource has proven to be beneficial for all families who have children outgrowing clothes—and we all know that happens quickly!
*Due to limited space, we are only able to accept clothing, shoes, and maternity items.
While you are at Parents as Teachers, come explore and spend time with your children in the Lending Library. We have books, toys, and games for you and your children to take home and enjoy together.
You may check out one book and one toy per child enrolled in Parents as Teachers. Please return the materials the following week to assure that all the pieces can still be found!