ERIC Number: ED416017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Teens' Children: Charting Their Progress through Research. Teenage Mothers Project.
The Teenage Mothers Project (TMP) in Jamaica, seeks to act as an intervention for the teenage mothers involved, giving them the opportunity to complete their schooling; develop practical, marketable skills; and learn to be better mothers. While mothers attend the center, their children attend a stimulating, nurturing day care, supervised by trained caregivers. This aspect of the program, aside from giving mothers time for personal development, was designed to meet the children's needs and to support positive outcomes into succeeding generations. An assessment of developmental outcomes for TMP children was conducted using the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities (MSCA). The test measures verbal and perceptual performance, and quantitative, general cognitive, memory, and motor skills. TMP children and a control group were first tested in 1989, then again in 1990 and 1991 after 2 years of school. Data indicated that the program's philosophy of early stimulation and a favorable learning environment was successful in providing children with developmental advantages that have long-term effects on their learning capabilities. (EV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Early Parenthood, Foreign Countries, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Program Effectiveness
Centre for Early Childhood Education, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica; phone: 809-927-2456.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica). Centre for Early Childhood Education.
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica