Standard academic subjects and classes such as family consumer sciences and physical education are offered, but teachers develop their curriculum and classroom environment to foster self-esteem, self-advocacy, and life skills development, including career planning, interviewing and communication, and independent living, says Mc Coy.
Fewer than four in 10 (38%) teen girls who have a child before they turn 18 earn their high school diploma.
Fewer than 2% of teens who have a baby before the age of 18 obtain a college degree by age 30.
“Some of the students have family relationship issues that negatively impact their ability to remain motivated to attend school consistently,” Cambry explains.
School social work programs for teen mothers must effectively address attendance issues to prevent dropping out.
Generally, staff include not only academic and resource/support teachers but also counselors, social workers, and nurses, all focused on preventing teen mothers from dropping out of school.
The school social worker coordinates interactions with the various staff members and services, processes new student intakes, and collaborates on individualized learning plans to address academic, health, emotional, and career goals.
While teen birth rates have steadily declined over the last several years, one in 10 new mothers is a teenager, and teen pregnancy rates in the United States are still nine times higher than those in most other developed countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the CDC cite pregnancy as the No. According to these organizations, only about 50% of teen mothers have a high school diploma compared with 90% of girls who did not have a teen pregnancy.
“Our school provides a home away from home and offers a stable, consistent environment that supports [teen moms’] academic, social, emotional, and physical needs,” she says.
In 2000, the California Department of Education created the Cal-SAFE program in 127 locations to provide comprehensive, community-linked, school-based programs for pregnant and parenting teens and their children, with the goals of decreasing the dropout rate for teen mothers, decreasing dependency on welfare, improving parenting skills, and reducing the likelihood of repeat pregnancies to teen mothers.
Paul, is to provide a holistic education for teen mothers, including personal, emotional, and academic integrity; parental support; and postsecondary preparation.