The YPP program is housed at CABE Secondary School and supports pregnant or parenting youth. Students who participate in the program work closely with the YPP Support Worker and are able to access the onsite YMCA Little Scholars Day Care. The YPP Support Worker provides life skills training and mentoring to the young parents and their families, and is able to connect young parents to other support programs in the community. Students learn skills in child care, household management and parenting while also completing graduation requirements. The supports available at CABE ensure that young parents are able to continue their education while also learning crucial parenting and child rearing skills. While most young parents opt to attend CABE in order to access all of the supports onsite, in some cases students are able to attend their home school and access some of the YPP supports on an outreach basis.
The Young Parent Program provides youth who have become parents an opportunity to further their education and enhance their parenting capacity in a supportive environment. The goal of this program is to provide a multitude of additional supports which augment healthy adolescent development, enhance infant, toddler and child development, build parenting capacity, and support life-long learning and education.
Features & Benefits of YPP at CABE
- Small school of up to 200 students ages 16-18
- Self-paced programming and variety of flexible learning spaces
- Individualized program based on student needs, strengths, and interests
- Access to onsite daycare: YMCA Little Scholars Daycare
- Full-time YPP Youth Worker to build parenting capacity
- Enhanced counselling services
- Daily breakfast and hot lunch program
YPP students follow the CABE schedule Monday to Friday which includes:
- Morning break
- Lunch break
- 4 period day including the Connections & Conversations block
YPP is a partnership between School District #43, Coquitlam, and the BC Ministry for Children and Families. Wherever appropriate and supportive to students, YPP works in collaboration with a range of community agencies including Fraser Health, Public Health Nurse & Healthy Babies Program, and SHARE Family and Community Services.
Eligibility Criteria & Referral Process
The Young Parent Program is under the purview of the CABE principal and referrals are initiated through a student's neighborhood school. The program is for students currently living in the Tri-Cities.
Referrals from Coquitlam schools are made directly to the CABE principal where consultation regarding eligibility is initiated. Priority is given to students currently registered in School District #43, Coquitlam and all referrals are considered through School-Based Team processes and CABE intake procedures.