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

Dec 16, 2008 | by
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This report focuses on the Living for Young Families through Education (LYFE) program, the New York Department of Education's primary support service for parenting teens. The LYFE program, which operates at about 40 sites citywide, provides school-based child care and extends an array of social services and parenting help to teen parents. If fully supported, it could be a vital service for the thousands of school-age youth who become parents in the city each year. Though the economy is in a down-tum and lawmakers are searching for programs to cut, this much-needed support service must not only be preserved, but expanded. Such services protect two generations at once, and save tax dollars in the long term by promoting educational success and the economic independence that flows from it.