Family Education Center
1439 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Students may enter the FEC at various stages of pregnancy and maintain their home school classes. The student may participate in the program until she has her post-birth six-week medical checkup. Afterwards, she is expected to return to her home school and complete requirements for her high school diploma.
The FEC enlists community support and volunteers to help pregnant teens stay in school. While nationally only 20 percent of pregnant or parenting teens graduate from high school, Arlington’s track record is significantly higher, topping 65 percent. The Family Education Center also provides an opportunity for young fathers and family members to participate in educational and social programs.
The program includes instruction in:
· academic and vocational courses
· consumer education
· pre- and postnatal care
· career planning
· family relations
· employment skills
During the 2001-2002 school year, 68 pregnant teens attended The Family Education Center. Over the past 28 years, more than 1,200 pregnant teens have had the opportunity to continue their secondary education at the FEC. In 1984, the American Vocational Education Association and Kellogg Foundation selected the Family Education Center as one of the six best parenting education programs in the United States.