As Kentucky is dealing with a new dropout law that took effect July 1, a program at Lexington's Family Care Center offers simultaneous high school courses and child care for young mothers.
"We're really designed to be a dropout prevention program," said Joanna Rodes, Urban County Government family services director.
The Parent Education program for teen mothers and pregnant teens is one of five programs at the Family Care Center.
It is a joint program between the Urban County Government's Division of Family Services and Fayette County Public Schools.
The students work independently but with a high school teacher to help get them through all the courses they need to graduate.
While they are doing that, they get on-site child care and social service help from a case manager, and they can use a pediatric clinic run by the University of Kentucky.
As of Wednesday, 42 students signed up for the family care center's Parent Education program that starts its new school year in August, Rodes said.
Kentucky's new law that raises the school dropout age from 16 to 18 means that more students will graduate ready for college and careers, advocates say.
But under the law, dropouts who did not earn a GED by June 30 face returning to Kentucky public high schools, or they will be considered truant.
To learn more about the Family Care Center, call 288-4040.