Elkhart Community Schools' Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) was founded in 1976 and funded by a grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation. The program is designed to provide prenatal care and infant/toddler care for students who would otherwise have difficulty staying in school and graduating without quality childcare for their children. Any student at ECS who is pregnant or has a baby can qualify for assistance through TAPP.
What does TAPP offer?
- TAPP provides uninterrupted education and regular academic credit for school-aged parents.
- TAPP assists in obtaining proper medical care for the pregnant student and child.
- TAPP provides instruction in prenatal care, child development, interpersonal relationships, and adults roles and responsibilities.
- TAPP provides care for infants/toddlers from 2 weeks to 30 months old.
Child Care Center
- Infants at TAPP are cared for in a loving environment with activities that encourage developmental skills.
- Toddlers at TAPP have daily age-appropriate activities that guide cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.
- TAPP is a state-licensed child care center.
- TAPP is accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).
- TAPP is a Level 4 PTQ (Paths to Quality) child care center.
Teenage Parent Program
Elkhart Area Career Center
2424 California Road
Elkhart, IN 46514
TAPP Early Childhood Coordinator
Sherree Wilkey, Teacher
Lorna Suggs, Teacher
Galina Averkiev, Kitchen Manager
Desiree Jackson, Assistant