WEC offers classes to help students gain knowledge on how to address the needs of children and better prepare them for parenthood
The "Reality Baby" program is designed to give our students an opportunity to experience firsthand the responsibilities of caring for an infant. The computerized babies are programmed to simulate the needs of a real baby. The students take the computerized babies home over the weekend. The student wears a wristband that is connected to the baby and a computer. The computer relays information such as when diapers are changed, feeding, etc. A printout shows the percentage of how the student performed with the baby. The student "mother" has to receive an 80% over the weekend to receive lesson credit. This gives the student an opportunity to see what "motherhood" is really like before actually taking on that responsibility.
The empathy vest is used by students to simulate the feeling of being in the third trimester of pregnancy. During the three hours that the students wear the vest, they experience the daily physical challenges that the woman endures. The great thing about this is at the end of the day the students can take the vest off. It is wonderful for the dads to wear it and to see how it is to be pregnant. Lesson credit is given after wearing it for a day.