ERIC Number: ED338933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting: Evaluation Findings, 1990-91.
Reed, Trina L.
Support services for parenting teenagers which allow and encourage them to finish their education are a very real need that is only recently receiving greater attention. It is estimated that two thirds of all teenage mothers drop out of school. When these mothers do not receive the necessary basic skills to get a good job, many of these families end up on public assistance and remain there indefinitely. The Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting (PEP) program is designed to provide child care as well as other support services which help parenting students complete their education. Students in grades 8 through 12 who have a child under 3 years of age are eligible for PEP; 38 students participated in the 1990-91 program and all 38 were placed in a vocational home economics course (related to parenting and job preparation) plus five academic courses. The program objectives were met by the end of the 1990-91 school year with the exception of one: the child care was not yet licensed. Students took more initiative toward the end of the program in asking the staff questions about their babies' well-being, and about their own future plans. The staff also indicated that students were more confident about their abilities both as parents and as students. (A bibliography is included.) (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX.
Note: For prior year evaluation, see ED 325 519.