ERIC Number: ED326742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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GRADS Program in Ohio Empowers Parenting Students To GRADUATE.
Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills (GRADS) is a vocational home economics program in Ohio for pregnant students and young parents in grades 7 through 12 in junior high schools, senior high schools, and vocational schools. Goals of the program are to: (1) increase the likelihood the participants will remain in school during pregnancy, after childbirth, and until graduation; (2) help participants carry out positive health care practices for themselves and their children in pre- and postnatal states; (3) provide participants with knowledge and skill related to child development and positive parenting practices; (4) prepare participants for work; and (5) encourage participants to balance work and family. GRADS helps teenage parents become more aware of community resources and graduate from high school, a step toward economic independence. In urban areas, the GRADS program is conducted at one or more schools every day. Other areas base the GRADS teachers at joint vocational schools and have students meet for a minimum of two periods weekly. A 2-year GRADS research project conducted from 1986 to 1988 in Ohio surveyed students when they entered GRADS and 1 year after the birth of their babies; positive gains in self-esteem were found. The GRADS program in Ohio and Lawrence County has a dropout rate of 5 to 16 percent, compared with a national dropout rate for teen parents of 80 to 85 percent. During the 1988-89 school year, 119 programs operated in 211 school districts in Ohio. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Graduation Reality and Dual Role Skills Program; Ohio (Lawrence County)
Note: Paper presented at the Conference, "Education and Training: The Route to Self-Sufficiency for Single Parents" (Lexington, KY, June 10-12, 1990).