ERIC Number: ED312513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Teenage Pregnancy Program (TAP). Evaluation Report.
Approximately 700 teenagers in Nassau County, New York become mothers every year. Most of these young mothers fail to finish high school, thereby embarking on marginal, nonproductive lives characterized by low earning power, long-term welfare dependency, more unplanned-for babies, and high-risk infants. In 1982 the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County established the Teenage Pregnancy Program (TAP) to address the problems which put these young people at risk. TAP was a multidimensional program tailored to the needs of pregnant teenagers and oriented towards building positive futures. By providing intensive academic and psychological support, TAP aimed to help students develop self-confidence, better family relationships, parenting skills, and success in school. A program evaluation of 71 mothers previously served by TAP demonstrated the effectiveness of the program. Of the mothers served by TAP, 40% had graduated from high school, most had minimal substance abuse, and there was a low rate of giving birth to additional children. The results revealed a critical need for sustaining young mothers in the program over a longer time, i.e., beyond the school year in which they gave birth. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Westbury, NY.