Young Parents Programs


Young parents do well when they can access supportive assistance that helps them map out a plan to complete education, successfully transition to employment or further education while also learn about being a parent and providing well for their child. The Young Parents Programs in our region includes:

The YPEP (Young Parents Education Program) provides pregnant and parenting young people, aged between 15 and 21 years old, with an opportunity to complete their education through studying the VCE Vocational Major in an inclusive environment, where young parents bring their babies with them (until babies are walking or 12 months of age, whichever comes first). 

The Early Parenting Support Practitioner (EPSP) is on site at all times, so while babies remain the responsibility of the parent, the EPSP assists with feeding, changing, settling and sleeping. YPEP gives young parents access to support and advice from experts in early parenting, early childhood development, financial literacy and counseling, mental health, wellbeing, legal, housing and more. 

Jen and Kirstie, Wellbeing & Transition Coaches in the Young Mothers Transition Program (YMTP) are the first point of contact for young parents wanting to enrol in a YPEP at Cranbourne or Narre Warren – please contact Jen on 0474 546 382 OR Kirstie on 0405 941 437.

Regional YP Consortium

The Young Parents Programs are supported by a consortium of stakeholders from education, early childhood development, parenting, health and wellbeing, local government:

City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, Cardinia Shire, Cranbourne Secondary College, Chisholm Skills & Jobs Centre, Regional Office – Department of Education, Foundation Learning College, FMPLLEN, Monash Health, Monash University and SELLEN.

For further information about the YPEP, please contact:

Mary Tresize-Brown
Young Parents Programs Manager
E: mtresizebrown@sellen.org.au
M: 0430445187

Research & Evaluation of the Young Parents Education Program 2019 – 2021

Undertaken by the Faculty of Education at Monash University over a three-year period, the report explores factors that contribute to the experiences of young parents within a tailored education program (YPEP), which sought to re-engage them into education and retain them until completion, while also supporting them in their parenting role. As such, it attempts to break the cycles of disadvantage for young parents.

Young Mothers Transition Program (YMTP)

Jen and Kirstie are the two Wellbeing & Transition Coaches working with young mothers across the region to assist them:

  • Return to education
  • Secure sustainable employment
  • With coaching in focus areas of education/employment, health and wellbeing of young mother and her child/ren, parenting support, respectful relationships and linkage and referral to community services.

The YMTP works alongside mothers in the YPEP at Cranbourne Secondary College and Foundation Learning College in complimentary alignment of the education and employment goals of the young mother.


YMTP is funded by the Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) of the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

The first point of contact for all interested, enquiring and enrolling young parents is Jen on 0474 546 382 or Kirstie on 0405 941 437. 

Please forward all referrals and/or enquires regarding YMTP to Wellbeing & Transition Coaches: jennifer@sellen.org.au OR kirstie@sellen.org.au

YPEP Sites


YPEP Cranbourne

Cranbourne Secondary College

Enrolments & Enquiries: Jen or Kirstie YMTP

YPEP Educator: TBA
Early Parenting Support: Kathrine Bray


YPEP Narre Warren

Foundation Learning Centre

Enrolments & Enquiries: Jen or Kirstie YMTP

YPEP Educator: Sally Wood
Early Parenting Support: Donna Strickleton

Participant Testimonials

The YPEP program has changed my life, once I found out I was pregnant, I never thought I would be able to finish school, but with the support of the teachers, I have finished and am now working.


I think I love proving people wrong and so therefore I’m coming to school because people say … …you’re going to fail in life. Like I’m at school and I’m going to go further than most people that don’t have a baby..


Yes because a lot of young people like us don’t go to school – they just stay at home and I guess like we’re coming here to do something with our lives.


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