ERIC Number: ED310496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Pregnant and Parenting Minors and California Schools.
Cagampang, Helen H.; And Others
To maintain the current level of educational services for pregnant and parenting adolescents in California, 800 more openings will be needed by 1992. The increase will be necessary to accommodate the state's youngest mothers' (those from 14 to 15 years old) increasing birth rate. A telephone survey, conducted in December 1986 and January 1987, of 144 head teachers or program managers of California's 247 teen mother education programs was undertaken to identify the types of existing programs, to solicit suggestions for program improvement, and to assess the implementation costs of a comprehensive program. An additional mail survey of junior and senior high schools was conducted to estimate the numbers of pregnant or mothering teens and the associated dropout rates. Enrollment in classroom-oriented programs accounted for 61 percent of the teen mothers, while 30 percent attended pullout programs that mainstreamed the students but provided an additional special class or classes for one or more periods a day. Recommendations to improve teen mother educational programs include enhanced provision of childcare, additional support for transportation services, and expanding onsite counseling and health care. An appendix and nine tables are provided. (KM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adolescents, Continuation Students, Early Parenthood, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Pregnant Students, Secondary Education, State Surveys
Publication Sales, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($4.00 plus $1.50 handling charge and 7 percent sales tax).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California