The Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) is a state mandated program designed to meet the needs of students who are either pregnant or are already teen mothers or fathers. The SRCDS Teenage Parent Program supports these students by providing parenting education curriculum and connecting them with providers for free childcare, health services, social services and transportation. This is a voluntary program provided by Santa Rosa County District Schools.

Per federal and state law, pregnant and parenting students and their children shall be entitled to participate in a voluntary teenage parent program designed to provide comprehensive educational and ancillary services to facilitate the student’s completion of a high school diploma. Students participating in teenage parent programs shall be eligible for all services afforded to students enrolled in programs pursuant to Section 1003.54, Florida Statutes and Rules 6A-6.05221 and 6A-6.05291, F.A.C.

Program Policy

  • Students are required to take and pass a Parenting Skills course. This course is a 0.5 elective credit high school course which is applied towards the high school diploma. If the course is not offered at the student’s school, it can be taken virtually with a  Santa Rosa Online teacher.Childcare services are provided by local licensed, contracted daycares.
  • Childcare is coordinated through the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County and will only be paid when the teenage parent is enrolled/present in school.

Additional program policies are cited in the teenage parent packet that is provided by the school counselor and are also detailed in Florida Department of Education TAPP Resource Manual

Student’s Responsibilities

  • Attend school regularly and maintain passing grades.
  • Work to complete required parenting class.
  • Return required infant documentation to your school counselor including:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Immunization Record
    • School Entry Health Exam

Eligibility and Enrollment

Pregnant and parenting teens should contact their assigned school counselor at the school where the student is enrolled or contact Ashley Turner, Secondary School Counselor on Special Assignment, at turnerea@santarosa.k12.fl.us or 850-983-5150 ext. 1230) for program information.