Parenting: It’s a Life

“Parenting: It’s a Life” is a free curriculum designed for grades 7-12. It introduces teens to the financial realities of being a teen parent, responsible decision-making, healthy relationships, peer pressure, and concepts related to paternity and child support. The teaching materials are a valuable addition to courses in Family and Consumer Sciences, Life Skills, American Government, Business Law, Health, English, and Psychology.

The curriculum is divided into 10 modules that can be used independently, and teachers can use, adapt, or incorporate any of the materials as they see fit. Or our project staff can come to your school to present the curriculum directly to your students! To arrange a classroom visit or ask a question, contact Jo Ann Lee at or (515) 294-9061.

Click the download button below to access the whole curriculum, or any individual module!  

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Iowa youths talk about their experiences as teen parents

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PIAL staff and Iowa teachers discuss the PIAL curriculum



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