PEARLS is a positive youth development program for young women who are pregnant or parenting.
PEARLS enables pregnant and parenting high school students to succeed as students and parents. It offers teen parents a support system as they learn how to balance the competing responsibilities of parenthood and education. Through PEARLS, pregnant and parenting teens learn about healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery; managing stress; infant and child development, positive parenting skills and discipline strategies; child care and safety; healthy relationships, co-parenting, and positive communications; reproductive health; and postsecondary education and careers.
PEARLS is an acronym that stands for:
P | Parenting
E | Education
R | Responsive
L | Life
S | Skills
Sample sessions from the curriculum include:
- Conflict Resolution
- Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships
- Contraception 101
- Stress and You and Baby, Too
- Safety First, Prevent the Worst