Teenage Information for Pregnant and Parenting Students (TIPS)

  • "Teenage Parent Programs" are designed to provide a specialized curriculum and other services to meet the needs of students who are pregnant or students who are mothers or fathers and the children of these students.

    Program Description

    The Pinellas Teenage Parenting Program is designed to provide services for teen parents in a large urban school district. A variety of community and governmental agencies assist in the state- required services.

    Comprehensive health services, academic courses, social services, counseling, child development, parenting skills, infant development, child care and transportation are required components of the program. Teenage parents and their children may remain in the program until completion of high school.

    A variety of models allow appropriate delivery of services to teen parents while providing the flexibility to meet needs and/or limitations of educational needs and career planning, transportation, and facilities for school-based or off-site childcare. An itinerant health services teacher is teamed with each model and provides classroom instruction in a variety of health and nutritional areas, assists in the facilitation of health services, and monitors infant immunizations.


    Three area high schools provide a voluntary teen parent program. Students are enrolled in one period per day of child development and/or parenting taught by a full-time TIPS instructor. The TIPS social worker provides social services, referrals to health services, and coordinates child care services and transportation. The children of teen parents at other school locations are provided contracted licensed day care. Parenting teens who do not have a TIPS program in their school will be given priority to attend a full time model at another location. Students who attend a school that does not have a TIPS model and do not require intensive services and support may choose to remain in their school and receive services through an itinerant teen parent social worker.

    TIPS High Schools:

    Bayside High
    Clearwater High
    Gibbs High

    Student Support and Assistance Model (SSAM)

    Students who attend a school without a TIPS model may elect to remain in their assigned school. Each student is assigned an itinerant social worker. An individual plan is developed by the itinerant teen parent social worker who identifies the student's needs and specifies the correlation between services and needs. Additional ancillary services to be provided shall include, but not be limited to 1) home visits, 2) child care and child care site visits, 3) individual counseling 4) small group counseling, and 5) visits from teen parent health services teachers.

    SSAM Schools:

    All Middle Schools
    Boca Ciega High
    Countryside High
    Dept. of Juvenile Justice Programs
    Disston Academy
    Dixie Hollins High
    Dunedin High
    East Lake High
    Lakewood High
    Largo High
    Northeast High
    Osceola Fundamental High
    Palm Harbor University High
    Pinellas Gulf Coast Academy
    Pinellas Park High
    Pinellas Secondary
    St. Petersburg High
    Seminole High
    Tarpon Springs High

    Teenparent Consultation for Exceptional Education Students

    When exceptional education students are eligible for services and their academic and ESE needs cannot be met in one of the other models, the student will remain in his/her ESE program and be provided support from an ESE Educational Alternative Specialist, teen parent program specialist, health services team member, and the teen parent social worker assigned to case manage the student.

    Teen Parent Staff

       Teen Parent Coordinator - Dr. Sharon Brown
       Teenage Parenting Program
       301 4th Street SW
       Largo, FL 33770
       Phone: 727-588-6000 ext. 6070
       Fax: 727-588-6109

Child Care Facilities Staff