Inspiring Us This Week: Bentonville Schools Building Bridges Program

The Building Bridges program at Bentonville High School is a child enrichment daycare program offered to the community, with specific priority given to high school teen parents. The program allows these teens to continue their education and graduate without having to make a difficult choice between their child and their education. The Building Bridges program is “Inspiring Us This Week” because of the work they do to ensure that every child, infant and student, is cared for in a way that allows them to flourish and succeed in life.

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Teen A-“BHS Building Bridges helps me get through school and helps me to not stress so much. Every teacher in the daycare is great not just with the kids but with us parents too. I don’t trust people a lot but I do trust all the teachers who work at the daycare.”

Teen B-“I am very thankful for the daycare so I can graduate high school. Building Bridges teachers are very nice and good with my daughter. I am so glad I have the daycare so I can stay in school.”

Teen C-“Building Bridges helps me get through school. If I didn’t have the option of taking my baby to Building Bridges, I wouldn’t have anyone else to watch him while I am at school. I’d have to stay at home and wouldn’t be able to go to school. I’m very thankful for them.”

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Often times, a teen parent’s ability to attend school is dependent on having child care available. BHS Building Bridges meets that need. All of the teen parents who either graduate from high school or move to the next grade level are success stories.

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Building Bridges provides parenting education and support to all pregnant and parenting teens through the “Growing As Parents” program at Bentonville High School. Through GAP, teen parents can learn about child development and developmentally appropriate activities for their child along with a wealth of other parenting knowledge. They are also connected to community resources to meet their immediate needs. The program is focused on mentoring teen parents to be the best parent they can be while introducing them to the profession of child care through the BHS Service Credit Program.


If you’re interested in helping this program, so that you can assist individuals like this as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

 $5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

Partial scholarships for 2 teen parents’ children to attend 2 weeks of quality child care.

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

Partial scholarships for 2 teen parents’ children to attend 4 weeks of quality child care.

$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

Partial scholarships for 2 teen parents’ children to attend 8 weeks of quality child care.

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