ERIC Number: ED317914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
A Stitch in Time: Helping Young Mothers Complete High School.
McGee, Elizabeth A.; Blank, Susan
This report presents an overview of previous research on teenage mothers and education. The report provides practical advice on how educators can work with youth-service workers and community activists to reduce the institutional barriers that keep pregnant and parenting teenagers from remaining in or returning to a diploma-granting educational program or graduate equivalent degree. Chapters 1 and 2 offer a review of what is known about the current situation of pregnant and parenting students and how schools and school districts are responding to them. The third and final chapter offers guidelines on how to initiate a districtwide or school-based strategy for helping young mothers complete high school. It is pointed out that a limitation of this report is that it does not directly consider teenage fathers since young mothers are usually the custodial parents; nevertheless, many of the changes discussed in this report also speak to the educational needs of young fathers. The report concludes that helping teenage mothers when they are young, will, in many cases, help to set them on the path to self-sufficiency, lessening their need for extensive assistance when they are older and thus improving the prospects of their children as well. The appendix includes a list of resource organizations; questions for use in gathering information about students and school services; a list of documents from a New York city working group on educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting adolescents; and a policy statement on school-age parents from the Boston School Committee. (ABL)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adolescents, Dropout Prevention, Early Parenthood, High Schools, Mothers, Pregnant Students, Research, School Policy
Academy for Educational Development, Publications Department, 1255 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.