Protecting Two Generations: The Need to Preserve and Expand Services for New York City’s Pregnant and Parenting Students

Reproductive Rights Project (RRP),
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
Year Published: 2009
Paper/Research Report
Reproductive Rights Project (RRP)

Each year, thousands of teen parents drop out, or are pushed out, of New York City schools. All of these young people are legally entitled to a free public education, a support that provides a foundation for future success for both parents and their children. Yet the city’s Department of Education (DOE) has failed to provide adequate or effective school-based support for them, this author says. In this paper, she focuses on the Living for Young Families through Education (LYFE) program, the DOE’s primary support service for parenting teens. The LYFE program, which operates at about 40 sites citywide, provides school-based child care and offers an array of social services and parenting help to teen parents. If fully supported, the author says, it could be a vital service for many school-age youth who become parents in the city each year. Toward this end, the author recommends next steps the DOE must take to support its pregnant and parenting students in following the path to graduation.

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