If you recently discovered that you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may be doubting whether it’s possible to complete high school or even whether you need to throw our all of your academic ambitions altogether. Read on to learn about some options available for student parents in NYC, giving you the opportunity to achieve academic success starting with your high school diploma.
Can You Finish High School While Pregnant?
The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes.” New York City already has some programs in place to assist student parents. One program, Living for the Young Family through Education (LYFE), is focused on supporting student parents’ transition into parenthood by providing high-quality early childhood education, supportive counseling, academic guidance and advocacy services, all while keeping you on track to graduate or a achieve a high school diploma equivalent. Enrolling in LYFE can be a simple process, and doing so as soon as you learn you’re pregnant can ensure you’re well-prepared for the changes that await you.
The NYC Department of Education’s Referral Centers for High School Alternatives can help pregnant students or student parents who are being bullied, who are having academic issues or are otherwise facing problems in their home school and who want to transfer to a different school or take a semester off before returning. They can help students make a personal education and career plan by assessing their academic and social needs and linking them to the best options matched to their needs.
LYFE centers, which are located in each of NYC’s five boroughs, offer a variety of referral services and can even help you access free or low-cost childcare for after you’ve given birth. Because these childcare providers may have waiting lists, it’s important to get your name on these lists as soon as possible so that you’ll be well-positioned to take advantage of these low-cost options.
Where Should You Begin?
Becoming unexpectedly pregnant can turn your world upside down, and you may be wondering where to turn for support. Whether you’re interested in taking a free, self-administered pregnancy test, want to think through your options in a supportive, confidential environment, or are looking for pregnancy support services, Avail NYC can provide you with the services and support you need. Contact us today to hear more about our free, confidential services that can help you make a confident decision about your future.
Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.