ERIC Number: ED355314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Young Urban Parents Educate Themselves and Their Children. ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 85.
This ERIC Digest reviews research data on young urban, low income, and often minority parents and their involvement in schooling for themselves and their children. A look at the demographics of this subgroup shows that families headed by single teenage mothers comprise the fastest growing category of family groups, particularly among African Americans. Consequences of early childbearing often include not finishing school, reliance on welfare services, and decreased school readiness for their children. Some research on repeating patterns of low education achievement and early pregnancy suggests that school cultures may be a barrier to breaking that cycle. A review of traditional programs to enhance parent participation looks at five typical types of programs and discusses the challenges of making these effective. Research on early intervention shows that parents' involvement tends to be greater in the early years of their children's lives and that programs like Head Start are becoming more family centered and are advocating family literacy and other goals. Other innovative strategies center on schools' roles in decaying urban communities to create "social capital in the community." Several such programs are described. Programs for multilingual families are also noted. Twenty-two references are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Black Youth, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Parenthood, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Mothers, One Parent Family, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education, Urban Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.