Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Program (T.A.P.P.P.)

The TAPPP Program offers both academic and supportive services to South High pregnant teens, teen mothers, teen fathers, their children and their families. The South High TAPPP Program is part of a Minneapolis School District network of TAPPP Programs. The goal of the South TAPPP Program is to provide the academic and support services necessary for the pregnant and/or parenting students to complete their high school education, as well as enhance their knowledge and skills in parenting and child development. This includes support during the post-partum period.

The following elective courses are offered each semester:

Parent Group Interaction
provides an academic focus to child development and parenting. These classes are only open to pregnant or parenting students.
Parent Group Interaction 1

Open to: 9th through 12th grade students
Prerequisite: First-time teen parent
Length: Year-long
This course focuses on beginning parenting as a teenager. It includes roles and relationships of teens as parents, parenting issues to be faced, and the impact of these issues on both their lives and their children‘s. Facets of parenting practices of individual families and cultures will be reviewed along with such topics as child development and nutrition.
Parent Group Interaction 2

Open to: 10th through 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Parent Group Interaction 1
Length: Year-long
This course focuses on the student-parent‘s interactions with her child, her significant other and the community. It also involves teaching students future career and family life planning and implementation skills. The course also builds on previously learned skills and strategies in relationship building, communication, decision-making and, career exploration. This year-long required course of the program


Child Development Practicum is a class open primarily to teen parents; mandatory for those students whose child is in the on-site childcare center. It is also available on a limited basis to non-parenting students. There is a required interview with the TAPPP Coordinator before enrolling. This laboratory class focuses on daily, practical care of children.
Child Development Lab Practicum 1

Open to: Parenting students in 9th through 12th grade and non-parenting students in 10th through 12th grade
Prerequisite: Parenting students in grades 9 through 12; interview with TAPPP coordinator for non-parenting students
Length: Semester
This laboratory class focuses on daily practical care of children, providing students and their children information on the emotional and intellectual developmental needs of children through hands-on experiential activities in the care of young children (ages 6 weeks - 33 months) and role modeling by staff. This class is a required course for the TAPP Program students.
Child Development Lab Practicum 2

Open to: Parenting students in 9th through 12th grade and non-parenting students in 10th through 12th grade.
Prerequisite: Child Development Lab Practicum 1
Length: Semester
This class is a required course for the TAPP Program students. It builds on the skills and concepts learned in the prerequisite course.

Support Services include group discussion, community referrals, ongoing individual support, as needed, attendance monitoring, school-to-career planning; licensed childcare for infants and toddlers, door-to-door transportation. The TAPPP Coordinator serves as a liaison for the students and their children with their parents, school personnel, and community agencies.

Admissions Enrollment preference is given to South High students. There are 20 childcare spaces available for children in the state licensed on-site child care center. Neighborhood T.A.P.P.P. (licensed family day care homes in vicinity of school or home) can be used if childcare space is not available on site. Students who do not have children in the TAPPP daycare are also eligible for support services from the TAPPP Coordinator. Admissions may be completed quarterly as space allows; contact is made through the South T.A.P.P.P. office.