• Services for Parenting Teens at Southwest Early Learning Center


    In 2011, Central Missouri Community Action Early Head Start Program and the Jefferson City Public Schools opened two infant-toddler classrooms at Southwest Early Learning Center. This program is specifically designed for parenting teens who are attending school within the district. Parenting teens are provided high quality childcare, diapers and formula at no cost to them while they attend school. Each classroom can care for eight babies. There are two teachers in each classroom and a teacher’s aide. All teachers have a Bachelors degree in early childhood or a related field and are trained in the HighScope curriculum as well as the Program for Infant and Toddler Caregiving.  Teachers are also certified parent educators and use the Parents as Teachers Foundational curriculum to support families during home visits. Parenting teens receive monthly or bi-monthly home visits that focus on child development, parent education and family development.

    In order to be eligible for the program, the student must be attending school and meet the eligibility criterion for the Early Head Start program. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the program, please contact Tracy Pistel at 632-3477.

    To learn more about Early Head Start Program visit the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov

    To learn more about CMCA visit www.ShowMeAction.org 


    In addition to child care, the district offers parenting teens the opportunity to participate in the Teens as Parents program through Parents as Teachers.  In this program weekly classes are offered at JCHS as well as JCAC. These classes focus on nutrition, health and safety, building healthy relationships, basic infant and toddler care, and more. Students who complete their work in the classes receive an additional credit. Monthly family fun nights are also offered for any teen enrolled in Teens as Parents. Early Head Start and Teens as Parents hold many joint events throughout the year such as baby showers, health literacy events, and intensive labor and delivery classes.

    If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the program, please contact Jessica Jobe at 573-680-6400.