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Overcoming Educational Barriers. Teen Parent Connection. Today’s Highlights. Overview-The Scope and Issues of Teen Pregnancy. Teen Pregnancy and Education. Impact on Children of Teen Parents. Challenges of Educating Teen Moms. ID: 216276

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Teen Parents

Overcoming Educational Barriers

Teen Parent Connection


Today’s Highlights

Overview-The Scope and Issues of Teen PregnancyTeen Pregnancy and EducationImpact on Children of Teen ParentsChallenges of Educating Teen Moms High SchoolCollegeSystem of Care ModelPreventionResearch and Resources


Teen Pregnancy-the Scope

Georgia ranks 13


highest in the nation in teen births. We rank 4


highest in subsequent birth rates for teens


Girls in foster care make up the majority of those teenage pregnancies


Nationally, by age 19, 50% of girls in foster care report having been pregnant, a birth rate for foster teens of 31.6% vs. the non-foster teen birth rate of 12.2%.


Children of teen mothers are more likely to experience abuse and neglect and will eventually be placed in foster care.


Children of teen mothers are more likely to experience academic failure, early childbearing and delinquency.


Less than 40% of teen moms will complete high school and of those who do not graduate, the poverty rate is a staggering 78%.


The Scope-continued

Teen mothers are less likely to marry or become self-supporting

Despite dropping teen pregnancy rates, support services are in high demand: Teen Parent Connection served 158 teen parents in care in 2013

Children in foster care have experienced:

Astoundingly high levels of abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation and molestation

Mental disorders

Educational barriers

Lack of access to life skills developmental opportunities.

These factors coupled with the above statistics on teen parents create conditions ripe for parenting failures and the continuation of cycles of abuse, neglect, educational failures, lifelong health problems and desperate poverty


Teen Pregnancy and Education

About half of teen Moms have a high school diploma as compared to 90% of women who didn’t have a teen birthParenthood is the leading cause of school drop out among teen girlsLess than 2% of teen mothers attain a college degree by age 30


Children of Teen Mothers

The issue reaches beyond the young mothers:Children of teen mothers are more likely to drop out of schoolChildren of teen mothers do not perform as well as children of older mothers on measures of child development and school readinessThey are more likely to perform lower on measures of cognition, language, communication and interpersonal skillsThey are more likely to repeat a gradeLess likely to complete high schoolHave lower performance on standardized tests


Challenges for Providing Quality Education to Parenting Students

Teen parents

are invisible within the school

system-oftentimes they are not identified in school records

Few school districts accurately estimate the number of teen parents who might be enrolled in a separate program

Many pregnant and parenting teens have significant educational deficiencies

Only a fraction of teen parents are served by separate stand alone


Teens in care experience placement disruptions resulting in multiple school changes


Helping the System Work

One solution is to place teen parents in stand-alone or alternative programsThese are designed to provide the special support that teen parents needVery often however, stand alone programs cannot offer the educational options comparable to those offered in comprehensive high schoolsTitle IX protects teen parents from discrimination and from automatic placement in separate programs unless those programs offer comparable educational experiences available to all students


System Solutions

Systems must identify the need for specialized services for teen parents within each school in their system-this number is often underestimated

Knowing the need stimulates the placement of support services for teens in comprehensive high schools rather than placing them in stand alone alternative programs

Providing these services within the mainstream is less costly than stand alone programs that are limited in scope


Expanded Services at School

On site case managementOn site child care or links to nested family child careHealth servicesAddressing educational deficienciesComputerized instructionIndividual education plansCompetency based approachesIncreased access to a broader array of educational services


Policy Recommendations

Attendance policies can be created that do not penalize teens who have given birth by treating absences as they do for medical conditions and allowing for home credits

Protections afforded by Title IX need to be broadly publicized and understood

School districts should have centralized responsibility for the development and implementation of policies to support the educational success of teen parents

Develop and implement alternative instruction methodology for at-risk students


Policy Recommendations Con’t

Balance resources and priorities between enhanced services for teen parents within comprehensive schools and stand alone programs

Increase pregnancy prevention strategies and dropout prevention resources

Replication packages should be readily available to all schools for all at-risk students

Tailor models to students with attendance issues and other personal problems



ush for high school graduation with realistic assessment of options for GED completion


How Can Colleges Help?

Recruit young parents-encourage college attendance

Provide as much financial aid as possible

Include help beyond books and tuition—transportation, meal passes, childcare, housing, etc.

Assist with childcare-support a childcare on campus for students or provide vouchers, assistance with CAPs

Support teen parents with support groups, help with service access and specialized classes to help balance school, work and parenting


College Help

Help with housing-subsidized housing or affordable family housing on campusOffer a variety of class optionsOnline classesHybrid classes-online + classroomSatellite campusesDon’t underestimate or pity teen parentsCollege is usually not the biggest obstacle they have faced and they are determined and focusedThey need opportunity and resourcesOffer specialized services for youth in care


Models for Teen Parents in Care

Programs such as Teen Parent Connection provide comprehensive support for pregnant and parenting teens including: Parenting skills developmentLife skills supportAccess to quality child careHealth care supportEducational support including tutoring and mentoring programs, resource identification, links to financial aid and support servicesBy thinking "child first", services and programs are developed and utilized in a more meaningful and effective manner


System of Care Model

The old model of seeing what resources are available and then picking one that might - or might not - be a good fit for the youth and family clearly is not the best solution The system of care approach allows for integrated, seamless service delivery for children and their families in their community, while promoting collaboration, shared decision making and accountability among partnersThe system promotes collaboration, not competition to bring specialized services tailored to the unique needs of each client


Outcomes from our Model

Evaluation of teens participating in Teen Parent Connection and other teen parent focused programs show an increase in:High school graduation rates and GED attainmentEmployabilityEnrollment in advanced educationChild supportReunification with their childrenStable housing


Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Educational Attainment


noted, teen pregnancy often has a negative impact on


However, school achievement, attendance and involvement help reduce the risk of teen


Staying in school and getting an education helps prevent teen


Teens who have dropped out of school are more likely than their peer to get pregnant

Teens who are more involved in school are less likely than those not as engaged to get pregnant


School Engagement

Important aspects of school engagementGradesTest scoresClass participationHomework completionA perception of support and connectedness with teachers and administratorsPlanning to attend college after high school is also associated with a lower risk of teen pregnancy


Research and Resources

Center for Assessment and Policy DevelopmentThe National Campaign to Prevent Teen PregnancyHoffman S.D. By the Numbers: The Public Cost of Adolescent Childbearing, Washington DCPerper, K. Peterson, K. & Manlove J. Diploma Attachment Among Teen Mothers, Child Trends, Fact Sheet, Washington DCKirby, D. The Impact of Schools and School Programs upon Adolescent Sexual Behavior. The Journal of Sex Research


More Resources

TeenPregnancy.orgHolz, J, McElroy, S & Sanders, S. Teenage Childbearing and Its Life Cycle Consequences, Journal of Human ResourcesSadler, L. Promising Outcomes in Teen Mothers Enrolled in School-Based Parent Support Program and Child Care, Journal of School HealthCooley, M. The Role of Family Support in Determining Developmental Outcomes in Children of Teen Mothers, Child Psychiatry and Human Development


For more information

Teen Parent Connection Molly Casey, Teen Parent Connection Administrator mcasey@maac4kids.org 678.467.8129 or 404.880.9323Carisma Harper, Teen Parent Connection Program Director charper@ccsgeorgia.org 770.469.6226 or 404.717.3307Together we can help teen parents succeed and raise healthy, safe and educated children Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, Inc.


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