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U.S. Kids’ Well-Being Lags

Last week’s article showcases key points that suggest that while some trends are improving, other measures of kids’ well-being are worsening as compared to the 2000 census, e.g. teen births, which are dramatically increasing. Interestingly, one of t he key measurements the article points to as showing a decline in well-being is an increase in the number of children living in single-parent households. This seems more judgemental as a measurement tool than, say, low-birth-weight, which has specific medical conditions associated with it. We at FamilyWorks value single parents and have seen many a wonderful family headed by one parent instead of two. What do you think of the government’s use of the controversial statistic in this way? What do you think about the other statistics the study uses to measure child well-being, and the assumptions behind them?

Full Article (click below):

U.S. Kids’ Well-Being Lags in Key Areas – CBS News.

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Jane Fonda: Community-Based Doulas: A Good Investment in the Future

This movie and article showcase the potential societal gains from connecting teen and young parents with doulas, who often act as parenting coaches throughout the first year or two of the child’s life. Jane Fonda comments and argues that doulas should be part of the WIC program.

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Teen parent programs could be Cut from California Schools

 

 California Teen Parent programs, which have increased the high school graduation rate from 20% to 75%, are at risk of being cut. Each district has the ability to choose which of its low-tier programs will get cut, and Cal-SAFE is a part of that group. This is an interesting program both in terms of what it conveys about the values of our education system and as a potential model for Seattle schools. Including day care, transportation, classes, and more, Cal-SAFE appears to be fairly comprehensive. We hope funding is found to continue the programs! Teen parent programs could be cut from schools – San Bernardino County Sun

 

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Breaking News Response to Teen Pregnancy

One Oregon high school has just approved (albeit narrowly) a measure to reduce its teen pregnancy rate (currently at least 14/300) by allowing the public health department to write prescriptions for birth control to students on-site. Students will not need parental consent to obtain a prescription; however, their parents *will* be notified once those prescriptions are filled.

The Daily News Online > Breaking News > Oregon school district will give birth control to students.

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Jane Fonda: Adolescent Pregnancy Must Become a Priority for All Americans

This video is focused on Georgia’s young parents, but many of the principles and issues discussed can be extrapolated to the rest of our country. Click on the video to view it and the accompanying article.
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