Teenage Parent Program (TAP)
Miami-Dade County Public School, childcare services for the children of TAP students are available through several venues including Early Learning Coalition, Lincoln-Marti Centers and McDonald’s Playworld. Selection of a daycare center is an important decision for every parent, this decision is to be made by the TAP student. Miami-Dade County Public Schools employees under no circumstances are to recommend a particular daycare center to a student. TAP contacts are only expected to provide TAP students with guidance on how to select a daycare.
Daycare selection may be an intimidating experience for a teen parent. They may or may not have the support of their family when making this decision. Education and encouragement are critical for TAP students to make an informed choice. Best practices suggest TAP contacts support TAP students in preparing for this decision. It is suggested TAP students be provided with information regarding daycare availability, accreditation, location and accessibility to transportation. If the student is relying on M-DCPS transportation, the daycare site needs to be in route to school and have accessibility for the school bus to drop off and pick up the child.
M-DCPS, District Teenage Parent Program reimburses contracted daycare centers for services used by TAP students on school attendance days. TAP students are responsible for payment of daycare services on days he/she does not attend school including teacher planning days, holidays, winter, spring and summer break and days when TAP student is absent from school. Daycare services may be suspended due to truancy.
Basic health service is an entitlement that is extended to all pregnant and parenting students enrolled in the TAP program, regardless of their economic status. These services are available through school health clinics (full service schools, Health Connect in Our School Clinics) or through outside community providers. For more information regarding the health services TAP students are advised to contact their school’s TAP contact.
According to Florida Rule 6A-6.05292, social services include counseling assistance or case coordination related to economic assistance. Provision of social services is provided through the collaborative efforts of the school’s student services team, school social workers and community providers in partnership with the TAP program.
Transportation, for pregnant or parenting students and the children of those students, is offered to all TAP students who attend their home school and utilize childcare services. Transportation may be available for special programs as deemed appropriate by school district guidelines. Contact M-DCPS transportation department for more information.
Eligible TAP students receive door to door transportation from home to their child’s daycare then to school in the mornings and from school to the daycare and back to home in the afternoons. Children must use a M-DCPS car seat available to ensure child’s safety while on a school bus. Car seats are available through the District TAP program office.