A Resource Guide of Best Practices for Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs
About this Document
This guide describes eight specialized services that have been incorporated into Pennsylvania's Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs, along with a rationale for each and a variety of techniques for service delivery. The services are:
Written by program coordinators and Center staff, the guide also includes a listing of local, state and national resources for ongoing program development and augmentation. It is designed for schools and communities interested in strengthening existing efforts to provide services for pregnant and parenting teens. The information in it has been gathered through years of technical assistance site visits, data collection and evaluation, personal interviews and direct collaboration with experienced practitioners. Research of statewide and national Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs is vital and provides a blueprint for continued development of innovative services that improve outcomes for teens and their children.
The Center for Schools and Communities previously published A Resource Guide for Model Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs, which challenges and encourages schools and communities to respond to the needs of pregnant and parenting teens so that all students have the opportunity to realize their full potential. To reach this goal, emphasis is placed on the development of school-based Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs that provide a comprehensive array of services to meet the complex needs of this population.
The model program guide lists core services critical to school-based efforts; recommends curriculum/information to be included in core components; illustrates strategies for program delivery and program innovations; describes a variety of educational options; and addresses child care and transportation issues. It is recommended that the Resource Guide for Model Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs be used in conjunction with the Resource Guide of Best Practices.
This Resource Guide of Best Practices describes specialized services that have been incorporated into Pennsylvania's Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT) Programs.
The following publications were used as references in the development of the "Best Practices" narratives.
Batten, Susan T. (October 1996). School-Based Programs for Adolescent Parents and Their Young Children (Chapter V). Center for Assessment and Policy Development.
Cervera, N. & Videka-Sherman, L. (Eds.) (1989). Working With Pregnant and Parenting Teenage Clients. Family Service America, Milwaukee, WI, and Rockefeller College Press, Albany, NY.
De anda, D. & Becerra, R. (1984). Support Networks for Adolescent Mothers. Social Casework, 65, 172-18 1.
Guthrie, L. F. (1996). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
Hardy, J. & Zabin, L. S. (I 99 1). Adolescent Pregnancy in an Urban Environment. Urban Institute Press, Washington, DC.
Lindsay, J. & Rodine, S. (1989). Teen Pregnancy Challenge, Strategies for Change. Morning Glory Press, Buena Park, CA.
Pennsylvania School Boards Association (1995). Effective School-Community Relations, PA.
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