MEGAN JABLONSKI: Programs available in county for teen mothers
In response to Jacey Kirkland's letter on Sunday, "More programs needed to support teen mothers":
There are programs in the county that offer support to teen mothers. Parents have to want to take the initiative to access the information about the available programs. There is information everywhere.
Parenting wasn't meant to be a picnic, no matter how old you are. Teen pregnancy has been glorified by the shows on MTV such as "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Moms."
Local education opportunities for parents:
- Early Head Start (pre-natal and 0-3) -- (724) 349-6200 (income-based)
- Parent Child-Home (literacy; children 2 and over) -- (724) 463-5300, ext. 1236
- Pregnant and Parenting Teens: (724) 463-5300 -- ask for extension
There is also a program specifically for teen fathers (ELECT).
The education is out there and so are the activities. Each of these programs provides a support system for parents.