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Teen Mom Barrier #2: Childcare
Childcare is one of the biggest barriers to self-sufficiency that teen mothers face. The reasons are myriad…
The cost of childcare can be a huge problem as it runs about $10,000 per year and most teen moms make very little income. Although they may qualify for childcare assistance from the state, they often have trouble with the confusing application process -- or find that the state won’t assist with childcare while they go to college – just while earning their GED or high school diploma or while working.
To top it off, a 50-cent-per-hour raise at work can put a teen mom in an income category that causes her to lose childcare benefits -- but still not make nearly enough to pay regular childcare rates -- a phenomenon known as the cliff effect.
Hope House of Colorado provides teen moms with a family advocate to help them navigate these complex systems; we also explain the cliff effect to the businesses that employ our teen moms.
A second issue around childcare is that many teen moms are fearful of leaving their child and have never witnessed healthy parent/child boundaries. For the GED students at Hope House, leaving their toddler in the Early Learning room is often their first experience of leaving their child with anyone outside of family.
Their comfort grows as their child adjusts. The same is true at Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder, which also provides early learning for the children of parenting students. The key words for both organizations: early learning.
The sad truth is that a middle class three-year-old has a larger vocabulary than a poverty class adult. At both Hope House and Arapahoe Ridge, the children of the teen moms are cared for in a structured learning environment, with a focus on literacy and language development that is designed to equip them for future school readiness.
Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to the complex barriers that childcare poses for teen mom. At Hope House we continue to meet each challenge individually, and we welcome your help!
Please come for a tour of our Early Learning Program and find out how volunteering your time can impact the lives of TWO generations – the teen mom AND her child!
By Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado
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