High school students are returning to in-person learning for the first time in well over a year.  The Pandemic has made their educational process stressful and has disrupted many important areas in their lives.  For many students of the Association House High School, one of their most important commitments is parenthood.  

Jazlyn, a parenting student, shares how both she and her child have transitioned back to an in-person experience. 

Can you describe how remote learning was like? How was child rearing – during the pandemic? 

Well, I didn’t fully do my work because I had my daughter [Aliya] with me.  And, she’s really active now, she’s in the months where she wants to grab stuff, she can’t stay still, she doesn’t want to go to sleep. So [remote learning] was just hard and I couldn’t really focus. 

What was your experience like coming back to school? 

Things are way easier. I focus more, and I get more work done while knowing that my daughter is here and gets good care. 

How has it been for your daughter to come to the FLP space? 

She loves it, actually! She interacts with a lot of kids. And she loves it! 

What kind of environment is FLP? 

Well [staff] love the babies. It’s a good environment. Right now, they play with the kids, take care of them.  Oh, and right now they’re training Aliya how to walk! She’s learning a lot! 

What are your goals – as a student and parent? 

My goal is to graduate. Although, I won’t until next year. Afterwards, I plan to take courses in nursing. Basically, everything I do is for her. I’m going to be providing for her into the future, and so I really need to [finish school, work and earn money]. I want for her to grow. 

On Monday April 19th, we welcomed back roughly 20 students to in-person, hybrid learning.  We also welcomed the children of our parenting students back to our Family Literacy Program.  In doing so, we have removed critical childcare barriers to positively impact education for two generations at once.  That is our schools’ hope and vision: “to stabilize and support each unique student in their current circumstances, to help them overcome and root out inequities, and to prepare them to stand in power for the world they will inherit.”