Child care lab opens at high school to help student-parents stay in school

Posted at 7:30 PM, Oct 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-09 19:30:53-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Richmond Public Schools wants to make dropping out of high school less of an option for young parents who feel they have no other choice.

The district opened up a child care lab inside Armstrong High School Tuesday morning. The center is an on-site daycare program that will serve students and their families.

 “With this lab established, more students and parents will be impacted.  What you see here is a fresh start for a lot of our students,” Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon said.

School officials said the lab works as an extension of the classroom environment by providing students with parenting skills and helping students take the steps to become licensed childcare providers.