Child care program helps teen parents, students
Sem Yeto student Anthony Wisniewski, right, hands baby Alicia Lopez to paraeducator Pam Hansen, left, in the childcare Career Technical Education (CTE) class, Tuesday. Students earn lab credit for taking care of babies belonging to other Sem Yeto students in the class. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — At 2 months old, brightly clad in a yellow outfit, Valentin Vega is the youngest member of the child care nursery at Sem Yeto High School.
Valentin on a recent day snuggled in the arms of Jose Flores, 17. He suckled his bottle and with big, contented eyes stared at Flores as they both glided back and forth in a rocking chair.
That picture, for his mother, Maddie Borelli, 17, is a relief. She pops into the nursery between classes to check on Valentin – "just to make sure he's OK." She gave birth to Valentin in February and a month later was back in school. Continue Reading