ERIC Number: ED394105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-8
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Perceptions of Pregnant Teens and Teen Mothers Entering a Training Program on Parenting Skills and Knowledge about Infants.
Boals, Beverly G.; And Others
Project REAL was designed to address Goal 1 of the Educate America Act. Four major components were: (1) the identification of pregnant and/or parenting teens; (2) the enrollment of those identified into parental services, life skills and parenting classes; (3) weekly visits in the home to provide assistance with developmentally appropriate needs for the infant/toddler and assistance concerning available child care services which would enable the mother to continue her education; and (4) involvement of the parent from pregnancy and beyond in the welfare of the child through the provision of proper nutrition, health care, and developmental needs to help ensure that the child entering school is ready to learn. Initially 16 unwed girls in their teens who had a baby or were expecting enrolled in Project REAL. Initially, most of the participants recognized the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of a baby for which a mother must care. At completion, all participants recognized their responsibility for caring for their baby for all of these needs. Also at completion, the participants exhibited a much better understanding of the type of environment needed by their baby. They also realized the importance of reading to their baby, starting at a very young age. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Goals 2000
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).