Young Parents Programs


The YPEP (Young Parents Education Program) Learning Hubs provide pregnant and parenting young people, aged between 15 and 21 years old, with an opportunity to complete their education through studying the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) in a supported and inclusive learning environment – young parents bring their babies to classes (until babies are walking or 12 months of age, whichever comes first). Parent Support is on site at all times, so while babies remain the responsibility of the parent, the Parent Support assists with feeding, changing, settling and sleeping.

The program gives young parents the opportunity to access support and advice from a range of experts about parenting, early childhood development, financial literacy and counseling, mental health, wellbeing, legal, housing and more. 

Partnership Model

The establishment of the YPEP Learning Hubs is supported by a consortium of committed stakeholders (listed below alphabetically) from education, early childhood development, parenting, health and wellbeing, local government:

Centrelink, Chisholm Learn, Engage, Connect, City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong Community College, Gippsland Department of Education & Training Regional Office, Foundation Learning College, Hallam Senior College, Headspace, Monash Health, Monash University, Oakwood School, Our Place, SELLEN, Windermere.

This partnership provides expertise across multiple areas that ensures young parents and their babies can return to, engage well and complete Year 12 education while learning about parenting.

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.

YPP @ Hallam Senior College

Title slide statistics refer to Census data of 2011 with Census data of 2016 indicating 1110 young parents.

YPP Hub Locations


Hallam Senior Secondary

Enrolment and Enquiries: Jamie Fardell, Assistant Principal

Jaime.fardell@education.vic.gov.au P: 9703 1266

YPEP Educators : Riane Tangiamama, Angela Glare, Lachlan Moss – M: 0481 930 913


Foundation Learning Centre, Narre Warren

Enrolment and Enquiries: Fiona Barrientos, Youth Programs Manager

YPEP Educator: Kat Manning-Clarke
P: 9703 7488

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.


Young Mothers Transition Program (YMTP)

The YMTP aims to:

  • Engage (or re-engage) young mothers into education and/or sustainableemployment.  


  • Providesupport via coaching and case management via an individualised Education to Employment Plan that considers the education/employment needs of the young mother and underlying/compounding needs that may impact achieving education and employment goals.   


  • Offer 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. 

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Young mothers will obtain a Year 12, industry certificate qualifications and transition to further education or employment. 
  • Pathways to enable greater stability and opportunity for young mother their child/ren andfamily.  

The YMTP works alongside the mothers in the Young Parents Education Program (YPEP) at Hallam Senior College, Foundation Learning Centre and Cranbourne Secondary (commencing Term 3 2022) 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. 

 Please forward all referrals and/or enquires regarding YMTP to Wellbeing & Transition Coaches: 

Jennifer Orlandi – jennifer@sellen.org.au
0474 546 382
(M-F 9.00am-3.00pm)

Kirstie Leach – kirstie@sellen.org.au
0405 941 437
(M, T, T 9.00am-3.00pm)

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