Parenting: It’s a Life

In an effort to make deciding which module(s) to bring into the classroom, PIAL staff have created an infographic of its ten modules and objectives. We hope this will make your decision a little bit easier. However, we totally understand that it can be hard to choose just one so why not book a few visits to cover all the topics that you find important? We'd love to travel across this great state and visit your classroom!
The 1st annual Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness event held on February 25th was a mega hit! We took Valley West Mall in Des Moines, Iowa by storm and had a great turn out of folks interested in learning about the prevalence of TDV! Thank you to everyone who donated their time, talent and passion for this important campaign!
2017 Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness event
Our booth at the 2017 Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness event
The selfie booth was a big hit with props and message boards with hashtags like "#RelationshipGoals" or "Love is...."
2017 Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness event
Here is a sneak peek of our newest publication!  This booklet highlights how PIAL aligns with many of the Family & Consumer Science (FCS) standards, benchmarks, and indicators. Our hope is that this will be beneficial to teachers across Iowa as they strive to bring "real life" and relevant content into the classroom! By clicking on the image, you can download a PDF of the booklet.  We will also have copies available at the 2017 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators and Iowa Affiliate AAFCS Conference!

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, Health, 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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