ERIC Number: ED495930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-26
Early Head Start and Teen Parent Families: Partnerships for Success. Issue Brief
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
This issue brief focuses on the special needs of teenage parents and their children ("teen parent families") and on how the unique set of services available through Early Head Start (EHS) programs can support them. Teen parent families face multiple risks, risks that may be substantially different from those faced by families with older parents and that may be further complicated by issues involving disability, abuse, or neglect. These issues are interrelated and must be integrated and addressed as programs design services to meet the needs of this population. Specifically, the brief examines the benefits of EHS participation for teen parents involved with the child protective services system and for those with disabilities. Many of the insights shared in this brief are drawn from a working meeting involving EHS providers and experts from a number of fields, held at CLASP in 2005. The two-day session focused on the special issues facing teen parent families engaged in Early Head Start. In addition to general policy issues, participants spent substantial time discussing the distinct barriers faced by teen parents in Early Head Start when either the children or parents had disabilities or the family was involved with the child welfare system. (Contains 50 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Parents, Child Welfare, Early Intervention, Early Parenthood, Adolescents, Family Programs, At Risk Persons, Participation, Program Effectiveness, Disabilities, Welfare Services, Poverty, Child Development, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Agency Cooperation, Foster Care, Parenting Skills, Data Collection, Needs Assessment
Center for Law and Social Policy. 1015 15th Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-906-8000; Fax: 202-842-2885; Web site: http://www.clasp.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.