The TPC is a unified community of organizations driven by the strength of teen parents to raise public awareness, share resources, and advocate for public policy that benefits teen parents and their children.

Governor Signs Policy Change to Make High School Education More Accessible for Teen Moms

Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1227 into law in 2016, giving teen parents easier access to childcare while they are completing high school. Prior to the policy change, teen parents were required to take the other biological parent to court for child support before they could access CCAP. This proved to be a significant barrier for young parents who often lack the funds, knowledge and skills necessary to meet the requirement. One more barrier has now been removed for teen moms who want to work toward their high school diploma.


For more information, contact Lisa Steven at (303) 429.1012, ext. 227 or [email protected]

Organizational Participants:

Individual Participants:

Aeron LaCrosby, ELC Assistant Director
New Legacy Charter School, Aurora

Alissa Weller
Colorado High School Charter

America Ramirez, Educational Outreach Specialist
Colorado Youth for a Change

Amy Carlough, Nursery Learning Center Director

Anita Walker, ECE Coordinator
Jamaica Child Development Center/Early Beginnings

Anne Burris, School Nurse Young, Parent Support Program
Aurora Public Schools

Anne  Comaskey, RN, School Nurse
New America School

Ardie Stitt
Academy of Urban Learning/Denver
Public Schools

Chelsea Yost, Supervisor of Reproductive Health Services

Cindy Covell, Social Worker
Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program

Dalee McIntosh, School Leadership
Greeley School District

Dawn Mastreno, Education Zone Director
Goal Academy

Deborah Washington,  
Early Beginnings, Aurora

Debra McCammond, ECE Coordinator
Early Beginnings, Aurora

Desta Taye-Channell, Director
Student & Family Support Services
Florence Crittenton High School
Denver Public Schools
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

Diane Wieland, Teen Parent Program/FACS- Director of First Steps
Thompson Schools-Ferguson High School

Dr. Stephen Scott, Director
Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program

Elizabeth Barber, Executive Director
Greeley Dream Team

Elyse Adlen, Director Early Learning Center
Florence Crittenton

Gina Hughes, Academy of Urban Learning
Denver Public Schools

Heather Cutillo, Director of Health and Wellness
New Legacy School, Aurora

Jennifer Douglas, School Principal
New Legacy School, Aurora

Jenny Macias, Program Director
Hope House of Colorado

Joan Bludorn, Director

Jodi Doyle, Young Parent Advocate
Aurora Public Schools

Joy Jensen, Assistant Principal

Julie McWilson, CCCS CTA Director

Kara Druffel, Residential Program Manager
Hope House of Colorado

Kate Andres, Social Worker
Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program

Kim Short, JCAPPP Teacher
McLain High School

Kim  Strenge, Program Nurse

Krystal Palmer, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program

Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director
Hope House of Colorado

Lisa Wilcox, Care Coordinator  

Mary  Schons,  
Academy of Urband Learning (Charter High School)
Denver Public Schools

Megan Rains, Teen Parenting Teacher
Options High School, Littleton

Melissa Feeler, Youn Parent Support Program
Aurora Public Schools

Michelle Koch, FACS Program Director
Colorado Community College System

Michelle Neal 

Natalie Ortega,  
Lester Arnold High School, Commerce City

Noel Flood,  
New Legacy Charter School, Aurora

Ramona Mercado, Office Manager
Jefferson High School

Rayleen Aguirre, Founder/ED
Serenity Star, Pueblo, CO

Rick Ellsmore, Founder/ED
Glass Hearts

Sara Huth, TPP

Sheila Mahony, Director-Strategy & Communications  
Florence Crittenton

Shel Carlson, Infant Center Director
Options High School, Littleton

Sherri Amen, Step by Step
Fort Morgan High School

Shirley Kelly, Early Learning Center, Center Director

Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus,
Colorado Springs School District 11

Sonya Palafox, Counselor
New America School-Lowry,
Colorado Charter School Institute

Suzanne Banning, President & CEO
Florence Crittenton High School,
Denver Public Schools,
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

Wendy Pearson, TPP
Fairview High School, Boulder Valley School District