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A Resource Guide of Best Practices for Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs

A Resource Guide of Best Practices for Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programs was produced by the Center for Schools and Communities, a statewide initiative funded through the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Public Welfare. The Center has provided technical assistance, training and evaluation services to school-based Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT) Programs since 1988.

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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:

Alternative educational programming
School attendance and retention
Child care
Case management and family support services
School-to-Work programs
Teen father services
Pregnancy prevention
School safety and violence prevention

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.


Table of Contents

Background
Best Practices
  Alternative Educational Programming
School Attendance and Retention
Child Care
Case Management and Family Support Services
School-to-Work Programs
Teen Father Services
Pregnancy Prevention
School Safety and Violence Prevention
Resources
  Community Resources
Community Agencies and Services
Pennsylvania's Toll-free Helplines
Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT) Initiatives
County Assistance Offices
Local Management Agencies
National Organizations
Sources for Educational Materials
National Foundation Funding Sources
Acknowledgements
References

Acknowledgements (back)

This Resource Guide of Best Practices describes specialized services that have been incorporated into Pennsylvania's Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT) Programs.

Professionals from across the state have contributed information and ideas for this publication. A special thanks is extended to the following contributors who committed their expertise, time and talents to this project:

Fredalene Bowers
ARIN Intermediate Unit

Lynn Cromley
Center for Schools and Communities

Minerva Cruz
Lutheran Latino Social Services, Reading

Barbara Kolar
Berks County Intermediate Unit

Jane Mathews
Greater Johnstown School District

Cyd McCord
Chester County Intermediate Unit

Sally Mole
Pittsburgh Public Schools

  Adele Peters
Delaware County Intermediate Unit

Dawn Reeves
Harrisburg City School District

Treena Reid
School District of the City of Philadelphia

Annette Rosa
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Kathy Short
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Margaret Stief
Center for Schools and Communities

Patricia Welle
Allentown City School District


References (back)

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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