An In-School Program for Pregnant Teens & Young Parents
Program Goals for students:
- Remain in school through graduation.
- Attain Industry Recognized Certifications including: Washington Food Workers Card, Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Bloodborne Pathogen Certification, and STARS Certification.
- Learn practical parenting and human development skills.
- Gain orientation to employment.
- Set goals toward balancing work and family
What is the GRADS Program?
GRADS is an in-school, secondary program for pregnant students and young parents (male and female). GRADS courses focus on knowledge and skills related to:
- Self Formation
- Practical Problem Solving
- Options and Decisions
- Maternal and Fetal Development
- Costs of Parenthood
- Labor and Delivery
- Postnatal Care
- Newborn Expectations
- Adjustments to Parenting
- Child Development
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Career Exploration
- Goal Setting
- Child Care Options
- Job Search and Application
- Balance in Dual-Role as Parent and Wage Earner
- Employability Economic Resources
Why Attend GRADS at Oakland High School?
- There is a lack of stigmatization toward pregnant and teen moms and dads at school by administrators, teachers, and peer students.
- There are lenient policies that allow for excused absences for prenatal and postnatal healthcare appointments in order for teen parents to successfully complete their education.
- Students can receive academic support while out of school leading up to or following the birth of the child.
- Students can receive assistance juggling schoolwork with parenting responsibilities.
- Students can receive access to affordable quality child care and transportation to and from the child care arrangement and school.
- Students can receive assistance in preparing a post-secondary education plan for after high school.
- Students can receive access to a variety of resources to support teen parents to complete high school.
GRADS Coordinator & Instructor
Tacoma Public Schools
Oakland High School
3319 South Adams St
Tacoma, WA 98409
Cottesmore Child Development