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Report: Teen Mothers Need More Assistance at Schools

Monday, December 22, 2008

A new report says teenage mothers don't have enough child care at their schools.

In 2007, the city shut down four high schools for pregnant and parenting teens because the programs had a poor academic track record.

The goal was to send the students to regular schools with on-site childcare. But the New York Civil Liberties Union says those centers can only serve 638 children while about 8,500 teenage girls in the city have babies each year.

And it says the city's done little to publicize the centers and track the girls' academic achievement.

Benita Miller, executive director of Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective, says the teens need more help navigating school and childcare because so many drop out.

MILLER: They have experienced school failure and they are chronically behind.

REPORTER: The Department of Education says it's opened new referral centers in every borough to help teens get whatever they need to graduate, including those with babies.

However, the child care centers are funded partly by the Administration for Childrens Services which is planning to cut their budget by $3 million next year.

For WNYC I'm Beth Fertig.

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