Teen Parent Program - Infant Toddler Learning Program
Adelante High School provides a quality Infant / Toddler program on campus so our student-parents are able to finish high school. We also help students with life-skills training for the future.
The Center, managed by Najla Dornhofer, has both indoor and outdoor play areas with a variety of stimulating toys and equipment. Christine McPherson assists Najla with all the daily operations.
Infant / Toddler Learning Program
During the 2005-2006 school year, Najla created the concept of the Infant / Toddler Learning Program. She wanted to engage the children in age-appropriate activities within the following core areas.
- Pretend Play
- Communication (baby sign)
- Physical Activity
Our Guiding Principles
In order to foster quality care, Adelante Infant / Toddler Program follows the Resource for Infant Educators (RIE) approach of encouraging children in the following areas:
- Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and self-learner.
- An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing.
- Time for uninterrupted play.
- Freedom to explore and interact with other infants.
- Involvement of the child in all care activities allows the child to be an active participant rather than a passive recipient.
- Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs.
- Consistency, clearly defined limits, and expectations to develop discipline.
Student Assistant Class
The Student Assistant Class is offered every period during the school day. Along with the reading and written assignments, the students receive training in child development under the guidance of Najla and Christine. They learn:
- kind and loving interaction with infants
- how to care for the needs of an infant
- baby sign language
- how to plan and conduct activities for the infants
- program center functions and management
Guest speakers are scheduled during the year to provde childcare workshops.
Teen Parenting Class
Adelante offers a Parenting Class emphasizing the importance of bonding with an infant during the critical first three years. In class, the students:
- enjoy a support group environment
- discuss child development issues
- learn proper nutrition and hygiene
- explore family relationships
research age appropriate activities with "hands on" learning
benefit from practical knowledge of guest speakers
- discover online resources for parenting information
History of the Program
Eleanor Wolf founded the AHS Teen Parent Program in 1984. It was her dream to provide a loving, quality day care for teen parents who wished to continue their high school education. Mrs. Wolf served as Program Director until her retirement in 1998.
The Adelante High School Teen Parent Program works in conjunction with the Teenage Pregnant Parents Program of Placer County (TAPP).