Should high schools provide daycare services for students who have children?

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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I don't think so. The mother should stay home and take care of the baby, the father, if he's a student, should get a job to support the child and mother. They can both take night classes to get their diplomas.
I don't think it's right for taxpayers (in the US) to foot the bill for someone's stupidity.

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Recent research shows that 89% of teenager mums partners do not work thus causing a strain on the welfare system. Primary school in Australia 🇦🇺 (Grades 1-6) is not funded by taxpayers). There was a proposal before the Government here to fully pay maternity leave for 6 months but only to people earning OVER $90,000 PA.

People on welfare were up in arms. The Australian government has set the poverty line at $21,000 per year & welfare recipients only receive $17,000. These recipients over 6 months would have to survive on $8500 for six months whereas someone earning $150,000 per year would receive $75,000 (Full pay for 6 months). The proposal was scrapped due to political pressure.

I have left it late to become a father which I am glad because I simply not in a position to do it earlier.
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Bringing in a child to the world is something that people should consider very,very, carefully.
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I agree with that!!
Bikergirl Anonymous Profile

That would depend on the taxpayers.  Schools are funded by taxes .. The more direct question is .. Should taxpapers pay for services like high school day care?

What I would like to see more in high schools is some sort of health class that educates kids on the consequences of having sex and pregnancy and economics .. These seem to be lacking in our education system. Kids are far too often misunderstanding the factors involving sex and conception.  This forum has itself has witnessed many questions by kids (over the age of 13) who really don't have a clue.  I'm thinking the increased rate of unplanned pregnancies are directly linked to the decrease in knowledge about how babies are made. Sure .. even a 2nd grader knows about sex .. but, the truth is far too many high school students don't know what they should know about what it takes to get pregnant.

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Initial years .. are questionable when the mother is a child herself. We are talking about children having children.

Childcare is expensive no matter where you live ..often more than what a minimum wage job could pay for. That's the problem. It's easier to stay home with a baby and collect mothers allowance and have the government
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.. pay
KB Baldwin
KB Baldwin commented
I think Colorado has tried something like that -with excellent results. You still have the abstinence-only crowd blathering their nonsense despite all evidence they are so wrong about people, but for the most part the Colorado program has cut pregnancy and STD among the teen crowd.
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My high school did have one. It was run in conjunction with the local community college. Students would work at the daycare as well as take early education classes.  The student graduated high schoolwith half of their aa degree.

It was a winning situation for all. Student mothers got their high school diploma. Other students got practical experience and an education which got them in the workforce quicker and better prepared. Teachers even used the daycare.

I heard they closed it 5 or more years ago because the student pregnancy rate was so low they no longer had enough children to care for. 

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Recent research shows that 89% of teenager mums partners do not work thus causing a strain on the welfare system. Primary school in Australia 🇦🇺 (Grades 1-6) is not funded by taxpayers). There was a proposal before the Government here to fully pay maternity leave for 6 months but only to people earning OVER $90,000 PA.

People on welfare were up in arms. The Australian government has set the poverty line at $21,000 per year & welfare recipients only receive $17,000. These recipients over 6 months would have to survive on $8500 for six months whereas someone earning $150,000 per year would receive $75,000 (Full pay for 6 months). The proposal was scrapped due to political pressure.

I have left it late to become a father which I am glad because I simply not in a position to do it earlier.

We should follow a similar system like yours. It's incredible that the teen pregnancy rate dropped so much that the program had to shut. We have the opposite problem. Some daycare centres have 5-6 years waiting lists.
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In the state of Florida we have Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) which is state funded. They take 3-4 year olds. I believe it is a way to get people who are in the lower income brackets to get a daycare/preschool where there is some educational value. I think they found many of the parents in tbe lower brackets didn't read to their kids or teach them things like their colors or numbers or the alphabet. This makes them more prepared for mandatory kindergarten at the age of 5.

There are private daycares that do have waiting lists.
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That seems like a good setup, nothing like what is here. Preschool is voluntary here but expensive. We certainly have some decisions to make soon. Maddy is 2 next month. How time flies by so fast.
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Jann Nikka answered

No, but daycare centers are increasingly becoming a normal fixture in many high schools.

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If I told Jana that it was her role stay home and look after the baby she would probably punch me in the head (seriously). In Australia daycare is extremely expensive. A lot of mums are quitting their jobs because it's cheaper to stay at home. The government have been pushing for paid maternity but so far there is little to offer parents. Is daycare expensive in the USA?
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Does the school pay or the parents?
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Walt O'Reagun answered

I'll say yes ... Conditionally.

Upon the condition that the high school also has "home economics" class, and requires it for both parents.  They have a child, and need to learn: How to set a budget ... Cook ... Clean ... Pay bills ... Maintain a vehicle ... Make minor home repairs and maintenance.

Personally ... I think the upswing in teenage pregnancy is in part due to lack of such classes.  Maybe if KIDS knew the responsibilities of having a family, they wouldn't be in such a hurry to have one.

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Hi Walt,

You make a good point ☝️. I agree that both parents should be made to attend.
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At least in the US, the birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 has fallen almost continuously since 1991, reaching historic lows for the nation every year since 2009. Despite declines in all racial and ethnic groups, teen birth rates continue to vary considerably by race and ethnicity. Moreover, the U.S. teen birth rate remains higher than in other industrialized countries
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Shady Stellar answered

wow, tough one, I don't think it should, although education is for everyone, but still having kids in high school is dead wrong. Let's make it this "this is the reason why you shouldn't have kids in high school" how about that?

Maybe it should for high school specifically for students who have "oops baby" lol

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Martin Garret answered

I do not think high schools and colleges should provide it. Anyway, if mothers or fathers who are students decided to continue their studying process they can refer to a daycare. I live in NYC and my daughter had her baby when she was in the second year of university. I wanted her to finish that. I helped with a kid the first time but then I did not have an opportunity for that anymore. We started to look for reliable daycares in Brooklyn and found https://littlescholarsnyc.com/. They gave us a full consultation through a phone. I liked that kids have a mix of academics and fun there. Leila learned how to read and write so she is totally prepared for school now! I would recommend young parents to do the same, of course, if they can afford it or get help from their parents!

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I've also heard about Little Scholars daycares in Brooklyn. I think such a daycare is the best place for kids. No matter if their parents are young or not really. You said you can recommend it if it is affordable. As I heard, it is a free daycare centers chain. Correct me if I am mistaken, please. But the website information says that little Scholars is a proud partner of the New York City Department of Education in providing Universal Pre-K free-of-charge education for kids. Is not that right? So, it makes that place better. You can provide school preparation for your kid for free.

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