ERIC Number: ED318559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Infant/Toddler Care Program. Staff and Student Characteristics and Perceptions of the Program 1987-88. Evaluation Section Report.
Mei, Dolores M.; And Others
This evaluation of the New York Public High Schools' Infant/Toddler Care Program (ITCP) delineates staff and student characteristics and perceptions of the program. In 1987-88, the ITCP program, which has a dual focus of supplying early childhood and secondary education, provided 526 teenage parents at 20 public high schools with comprehensive services designed to help them complete high school. Data on the early childhood and secondary education services was collected through interviews with a sample of 64 student participants, and surveys and interviews of staff. Emphasis was given to ascertaining the staff's education and related work experience; staff perceptions of program strengths and weaknesses; student attitudes toward the program, and student perceptions of program benefits, strengths, and weaknesses. Findings indicated that student and staff perceptions of ITCP goals coincided to a great degree. Interview data showed that over half the students felt that participating in the program gave them a greater sense of the realities of parenting. Many students said their grades had improved since they entered the program. More than 90 percent of the staff rated the program as moderately to highly successful in improving student progress and providing child care services. The program was less successful in improving student parenting skills and preparing students for life after high school. A list of recommended readings is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.