Children First: Muhlenberg North Teen Parent Program

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At first glance this classroom at Muhlenberg North High School looks like any other. But this classroom is also a nursery for teen mothers at the school.

Melissa Harris is the nursery supervisor. Harris says: "I love it because I love kids and then I love helping them. I'm helping them to learn how to take care of their babies correctly and helping them with their schoolwork. And just seeing them graduate from High school, I think it's wonderful that they can stay in school and get their high school diploma."

Amanda Eubanks and her nine month old daughter, Savannah, are part of the program.

Eubanks says: "I get up about 6:30. Because that's my wakeup call. And we eat our bottles and we get ready for school. And the first place I come when I get to school is in here."

Students in the teen parent program have to spend one block of their school day in the nursery taking care of the babies with Harris. The teen mothers are also graded on parenting tasks. For many, the teen parent program is the only way they can stay in school.

Harris says: "Since I've been here, for 12 years, I've had about 70 teen parents and about 80 percent have graduated. So I feel that's a positive thing. Now they are working, they are tax payers, they are going to college and I don't believe they could have done it without this program."

Eubanks says she's grateful to learn parenting skills while getting to spend time with her daughter and earn her high school diploma. She says after she graduates this year, she would like to become a nurse or operate a daycare center of her own someday.