Vermont's pregnant teens get help

The Vermont Department for Children and Families announced last week that Vermont has been awarded taxpayer funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support pregnant and parenting teens. These funds, approximately $3 million over the next three years, will be used by DCF, in partnership with Parent Child Centers, to expand access to the Learning Together program throughout the state.

Learning Together is an intensive, interpersonal parent training program that focuses on six components: on-the-job training, counseling, academics, parenting, job readiness, and interpersonal skills. Each participant is assigned a case manager to link her to other supports such as child care, health care, and housing.

"This is a fabulous opportunity for Vermont to take Learning Together to the next level," said Lee Lauber, executive director of the Family Center in Vermont. "We are delighted that the federal funders recognized the success of our partnership with DCF, and we know these funds will make a profound difference in the lives of Vermont families."

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