The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in nearly 1,700 schools.The Living for the Young Family through Education (LYFE) program supports pregnant and parenting students, serving both student mothers and student fathers, who are enrolled in a NYC Department of Education school, by providing childcare and referral services. Each LYFE site has a childcare center for students' young children and is linked to a social services and health referral network developed by the on-site LYFE social worker.
LYFE recognizes young fathers as a critical part of a child's life -- equally as important as the mother -- and subsequently works to embrace and empower student fathers. LYFE provides group parenting sessions for fathers, as well as one-on-one individual counseling sessions between a father and social worker, in order to support student fathers in staying on path to high school graduation while transitioning to parenthood.
Participation in the LYFE program is free of charge, and there are 38 LYFE sites located throughout the five boroughs to ensure that no matter where a young father lives or goes to school, there is a LYFE site convenient to him. If you are a student father, or would like to refer a student father to LYFE, click here for more information.
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