Parent Linking Program
The goal of the Parent Linking Program is to guide, educate and support young mothers and fathers as they navigate the challenges of parenthood.
Our Approach to Supporting Young Families
The Parent Linking Program is a New Jersey Department of Children and Families initiative. It is a collaboration between Inspira Health and the Vineland Board of Education with support from Prevent Child Abuse. This free program includes full-day childcare, transportation, parenting classes, case management and referrals to other community agencies.
The Parent Linking Program’s educational curriculum is based on the Partnering with Teen Parents (PWTP) and Safe Dates methods.
Group sessions with PWTP provide:
- Life skill development including employment, finances, self-sufficiency and stress management
- Parenting skill development to improve health, parent child-interactions, developmental milestones and child abuse prevention
- Educational support including college exploration, links to tutoring and educational guidance
- Health education including prenatal classes, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol and drug awareness and family planning
Group sessions with Safe Dates provide:
- Positive peer relationship development
- Relationship risk identification
- Refusal and negotiation skill guidance
- Problem-solving strategies
- Respect, conflict resolution skills and active listening techniques
- Communication and empathy
Full Day Program
Students attend IMPACT for 2-3 periods a day, and Vineland High School for the remainder of the day. Students in this program earn 5-10 high school credits for participation.
Students attend Vineland High School full time and participate in once weekly parenting classes with their PLP case manager. Students who participate in the expansion program are also provided with case management and referrals to community agencies.
Virtual health services, counseling and family nights are available.