Some module topics:

Stages of pregnancy

Caring for a new baby

Keeping infants and toddlers safe

Parenting skills (many lessons include issues with children up to age 12)

Life skills

Lessons just for men

The Earn While You Learn Program (EWYL) is currently in use in over 1,000 pregnancy centers across the country, and was designed to meet the educational and relational needs of young parents. It is a self-paced curriculum with over 50 modules applicable for teens and adults. Some of the topics include pregnancy, birth preparation, drug use, baby care, first aid, life skills, discipline, and nutrition. There are also two modules for men on how to be a father, and what it means to be a man.

 

Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center (YVP&FC) has been using the program since 2005. It is a powerful tool, giving our staff and volunteers an opportunity to build relationships with our clients, and allows us to come alongside and mentor them. The program provides important skills that will serve our clients for the rest of their lives, and will help them provide better care for their children.

Expecting fathers, mothers, and anyone raising infants or toddlers currently come to the Center, watch a video and complete a written assignment. They can earn up to 4 “baby bucks” for each lesson completed: 2 for watching the video, and 2 for completing the written assignment. The clients may cash in the baby bucks for diapers or may save all or some baby bucks for a “large ticket baby item” which they select and the Pregnancy & Family Center purchases for them (a crib or car seat are popular choices, as we cannot accept donated cribs or car seats due to changing safety regulations).  

We have recently added perishable foods as another baby bucks option. Clients may select foods from our Perishable Foods Shopping List and we will purchase their selections, up to $25.

Earn While You Learn opened the doors for the Center to become an even greater support for teens, single parents, grandparents and foster parents in the community, as well as offering pregnant teens and women an advocate – someone they can call with questions or concerns.