The Shirley Schneider Support Centre
Mission Statement: The support centre is a caring, trusting, supportive environment for pregnant and parenting teens in pursuit of education, self-esteem and life-long learning.
Balfour Special Tutorial was established in 1972 and the Mackenzie Infant Care Centre was established in 1986. In December 2010, the name of Balfour Special Tutorial was changed to the Shirley Schneider Support Centre in honour of the teacher who initiated the program.
What is the Support Centre?
This school facility for pregnant and parenting young women is provided so each student may continue her education and receive counseling and support services in an atmosphere of warmth and understanding. This program is operated by the Regina Public School System on a semester basis. Students may transfer into the program anytime during the school year.
The program is administered and coordinated by the Balfour Collegiate administration team and Raeleen Fehr-Rose, the Program Co-ordinator. Instruction is provided by a complement of 4.25 professional teachers. The curriculum includes:
English Career Guidance Native Studies Information Processing
Biology Science Creative Writing Psychology
Math Life Transitions Law Life Skills Visual Art
Social Studies Wellness (Prenatal) Modified Programming
Students in the program also have access to all the courses offered in the main Balfour Collegiate program.
Students from grades 9 - 12 receive individualized and group instruction in academic and alternate education programs according to the Saskatchewan curriculum. Detailed program information is available upon request.
Health: A Regina Public Health nurse is on site one half day per week providing pre- and post-natal child care instruction, smoking cessation programs, individual health counseling, pregnancy testing, birth control counselling, referrals, disease follow-up and home visits. She works in conjunction with a nutritionist who helps our students plan healthy nutrition throughout their pregnancies as well as for their children. A Planned Parenthood sexual health nurse is on site an additional one half day per week providing resources in all areas of sexual health including pregnancy tests, birth control and referrals to outside agencies. We also have the services of a Nurse Practitioner one half day per week, who can provide more advanced care for our students and their children.
Teen Parent Support Program: Two social workers is available 4 days per week, providing coverage over all 5 week days, to provide support and counseling services to students with personal matters, school difficulties, mental health issues, and referrals to outside agencies. In addition, we offer a comprehensive support and treatment program for teenage victims of dating abuse through Family Service Regina's "When Love Hurts" program. A First Nations Elder is also on site two days per week to provide pre- and post-natal counselling and to assist with traditional teachings.
Food for Learning: Nutritious food from the four food groups is provided free of charge by the Regina Food For Learning Program, three times per week. The food is prepared by volunteer students, mentored by a staff member of the Support Centre.
Daycare: The Mackenzie Infant Care Centre has two locations, in and close to the school, to provide consistent and affordable day care for the children of our students. The Centre accepts children from two weeks to thirty months of age.
Students must complete an application for admission to the program. To obtain the registration forms or additional information, call the school at (306) 523-3215. During July and August contact the Balfour Collegiate main office at (306) 523-3200.