Family and Child Development Center
Northside High School
301 Dunand Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
Hours of Operation
6:30 am—3:00 pm
Registration and Referrals
FAMILY AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER: A program offered at Northside High School that can help high school students remain in school and receive child care for their children 6 weeks through 4 years on the school campus. To participate in this program, a student must enroll at Northside High and register to take the Child Development/Parenting classes.
...to build healthy families by addressing the specific needs of the entire family (teen parent and child) developing a continuum of life skills and literacy skills assisting teen parents to remain in school and obtain a High School Diploma, a High School Equivalency Diploma or a Certificate of Achievement. We are committed to providing quality child care focused on providing infants and toddlers of teen parents with the best start possible. Our curriculum is based upon developmentally appropriate practices to ensure that children enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
- Support to graduate high school
- Provide positive parenting educational opportunities
- Create strong partnerships between home and school
- To teach teen parents to be responsible for the care and education of their children
- To encourage the importance of education for themselves and their child
- To provide teen parents with information and link them to community resources that will support their role as primary caregiver for their children
- To provide teen parents opportunities to gain an understanding of child development
- Link parents with necessary resources
- Build strong community partnerships
- Provide a nurturing, caring environment supporting development
- Support learning with positive early education experiences
- To provide meaningful opportunities for play, creativity, and learning by fostering the child’s interests and abilities to build a foundation for future learning
- To develop readiness skills including oral language, literacy, cognitive, social-emotional, self-help, and fine and gross motor skills which promote academic success
- To foster a love for learning that lasts a lifetime
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Immunization Records
- Proof of Residence
(Gas, Water, or Electric bill)
- Documentation of Medical Needs from a Physician (if applicable)
...Ready to Register?
Step 1: Register
By contacting the Family and Child Development Center at 337-521-7026, you can setup an appointment to register your child for the program.
Step 2: Transfer
Parents must become a student at Northside High School to be eligible to participate in the Family and Child Development Center
Step 3: Attend
Parents must begin and continue attending classes to remain eligible for the program.
The Family and Child Development center follows the LPSS Attendance Policy for excused and unexcused absences. Students must be in attendance at school in order for children to attend the child care center.
Emergency School Closure
The Family and Child Development Center is a division under the Lafayette Parish School System Early Childhood Program and housed at Northside High. When school closures are announced, our program will close as well. LPSS uses PACE as a means of mass communication.
Transportation with car seats is provided as long as seats are available for teen parent and child. Students must ride daily.
Food services are provided for toddler children (ages 12 months and up) including breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. All infants must bring their own formula and baby food. We adhere to developmentally appropriate practices for feeding.
Our goal is to provide the appropriate learning environment for each child to experience success. Services for children with special needs can be provided through collaboration with the child development center.
For your child’s safety, please inform the center director when addresses or telephone numbers change. The center needs to be able to reach you in case of an emergency regarding your child.
Several parental involvement activities will take place throughout the school year:
- Mandatory Daily Parent Education Sessions
- Parent Teacher Conference
- Open House/Orientation
- “Parent and Me” Activities
Lafayette Parish School System encourages parent involvement. We value the importance of working together to meet the needs of your child.
- Morning Gathering
- Music and Movement
- Dramatic Play
- Tummy Time
- Block Play
- Story Time
- Gross and Fine Motor Development
Curriculum and Assessments
- Frog Street Infant and Toddler Curriculum
- Nurturing Parenting™ Curriculum
- CLASS™ — Teacher Child Interactions Assessments
- Teaching Strategies GOLD™ Child Assessments
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