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ERIC Number: ED354357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Birmingham Public Schools' Infant Care Training Project: A Learning Center for Teenage Mothers.
Chambers, Dorothy; McDonald, Sara
Established in 1989, the Birmingham (Alabama) Public Schools' Infant Care Training Project is an essential component of the Ensley Young Mothers' program, an alternative program for pregnant teenagers. Approximately 250 pregnant students aged 12 to 18 enroll voluntarily in the program each school year. Approximately 90 percent are economically disadvantaged. After the birth of her baby, the student transfers back to 1 of the system's 10 high schools or 18 middle schools. Support services include a full-time obstetric nurse, school counselor, tutoring, parenting education, comprehensive high school education, modified physical education, home study, and community service referrals. Through the vocational component, the project assists the student in securing entry-level job skills as an infant care aide, strengthening parenting skills, and accessing infant care in order to complete her education. The project provides day care services in the Infant Care Center, which serves as a laboratory extension of the Infant Care Services Course. Intervention strategies used to increase the ability of this at-risk student population to secure employment or enter a postsecondary program upon graduation include vocational, health, counseling, educational, and child care services. To provide a variety of resources to the student, interagency partnerships are maintained with community agencies, professional organizations, and the medical community. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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