ERIC Number: ED327615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
For a Better LYFE. A Study of the LYFE-"Living for the Young Family through Education"-School Service's Program for Teenaged Parents and Their Children.
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, NY.; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Inst., New York, NY.
The Living for the Young Family through Education (LYFE) program is a school-based daycare and support program for adolescent parents and their children in the New York City Public Schools. Infants receive daycare services in the LYFE nursery, usually located in the high school. Parents receive social services provided by a social worker and family worker while pursuing a high school diploma. Supplementary services include parenting classes. Evaluation information was gathered from interviews with program administrators and from visits to all 23 program sites. The following findings are reported: (1) the system for identifying and tracking pregnant and parenting students is inadequate; (2) students are particularly vulnerable to dropping out during the period immediately following the birth of a child; (3) pregnant students in comprehensive high schools risk loss of credit for the weeks of the school term prior to leaving school to give birth; (4) school-based health clinics are important and convenient services; (5) program goals and guidelines are inconsistent from school to school; (6) staff at individual sites spend too much time on student recruitment and staff development activities; (7) the best program model includes daycare services at the same school the parents attend, service coordination, integration of the program into the life of the school, collaboration between the social worker and the daycare teacher, and parent-child interaction during the parents' free school periods. Recommendations for improvement are made. Statistical data are presented in ten tables. A list of program sites is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Day Care, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Early Parenthood, Family Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Program Evaluation, Urban Schools, Welfare Services
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc., 105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ittleston Foundation Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, NY.; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Inst., New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: The Executive Summary is printed on colored stock. Funding also provided by the Lois Calder Foundation and the Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah H. Swift Foundation.