UCP’s BETA TEEN PARENT CONNECTION PROGRAM
On June 30, 2016
BETA Inc. merged into UCP of Central Florida. UCP continues to offers many of the same programs to support teen moms and their babies at the same location now called the UCP Downtown/BETA Campus (4680 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando).
BETA Alternative Middle/High School
The BETA Alternative School program is the educational component of the partnership between UCP of Central Florida, Inc. and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). The BETA school program is open to pregnant teens and young mothers and serves up to 100 students, ages 12 to 19. OCPS provides a full academic curriculum while UCP of Central Florida provides parenting support and counseling to students enrolled in the program. The BETA School offers the traditional school curriculum with specific electives that address child development, parenting, nutrition and family living.
We offer an after school tutorial and enrichment program. A special feature of this program provides on-site childcare for mothers while attending the BETA School.
UCP’s BETA Teen Parent Connection Program offers OCPS school bus transportation for students and their babies. Students can apply through coordination with their guidance counselor.
The Middle/High School can be contacted directly: 407-374-2630 and the fax line is 407-374-2630.
Parenting and Support Programs
UCP offers parenting support including parent training, pre-natal nursing support and life skills training. Additionally, we provide individual and group counseling programs. Through community donations, UCP also assists with needs for the babies/moms (i.e. diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.)
UCP offers a full day childcare service for the teen moms attending the BETA Middle/High School as part of our overall education program. This is a free service for the moms (paid for by OCPS). Each class has between 8-16 children (depending on the age/size of the room) with a 1:4 to 1:5 ratio. The infant/toddler teachers are staffed with a teacher who has earned a CDA (Child Development Associate) or Associate Degree. Some of the toddler teachers (and all the PreK teachers) have a bachelor’s degree and are certified teachers.