ERIC Number: ED251537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
School-Age Parents: Federal Programs and Policies Relevant to Pregnant or Parenting Secondary Students.
Moore, Kristin A.
Federal programs and policies that affect pregnant and parenting teenagers, particularly those programs that are of relevance to schools, are briefly described. The main categories of programs and legislation described are: (1) those bearing on teenage parents and education; (2) pre-school programs; (3) day care; (4) welfare; (5) social services; (6) child support enforcement; (7) earned income tax credit; (8) employment and training; (9) health; (10) family planning; (11) abortion; (12) adolescent family life demonstration projects; (13) food and nutrition programs; (14) housing; (15) runaway youth; and (16) child abuse, neglect, prevention, and treatment. It is concluded that many different programs can be relevant to teens who are sexually active, pregnant, or parents. Many of the intervention programs are costly, particularly the remedial interventions aimed at teenagers who are already parents. It is argued, however, that given the frequent reliance of teenage parents on welfare and other types of public assistance and the difficult economic and social circumstances under which teenage parents so frequently raise their families, it is more cost effective in the broadest sense of the term to assist teenagers to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to provide remedial assistance when preventive efforts fail. (RDN)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adult Education, Child Abuse, Compliance (Legal), Day Care, Early Parenthood, Employment Programs, Family Planning, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Health Services, Housing, Nutrition, Pregnant Students, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Runaways, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Social Services, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.