LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– The Family Care Center in Lexington has a program that helps young adults balance motherhood while completing their education.
Peyton Marnye found out she was pregnant at 16.
“I was kind of a wild child and getting pregnant was like a switch went off. I calmed down and made sure that I had to get my stuff together,” she said.
Getting pregnant changed her life. She decided to go back to school and get her high school degree, but doing so and juggling being a parent is not an easy task. That is where the Parent Education Program at the Family Care Center helped out. They partner with Fayette County Public Schools providing educational support for young mothers.
“This child goes downstairs to their child care classroom and after mom has done drop off, mom goes upstairs and she learns,” said Vanna Armstrong, the Parent Education Manager at the Family Care Center.
The program began in 1989 and also provides parenting classes and counseling.
Marnye, now 18, was one of 25 graduates of the program this year.
“I’m at Bluegrass Community & Technical College right now, and then after I get my associate’s degree, I’m going to transfer to UK and eventually get my master’s and be nurse practitioner,” Marnye said, and she will continue to care for her son Cayson through everything.