Right from the Start

father reading to son

This four-year project (Drs. Arteaga, Carlo, Martinez) is designed to evaluate a teen parenting education and support program (Right From The Start, RFTS). The project is funded by the National Parents As Teachers organization. The RFTS program will bring additional resources to adolescent parents living in Missouri school districts with some of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies using two curriculums built by Parents as Teachers—Working with Teen Parents and Fatherhood—using the Parents as Teachers model in combination with a father-focused group meetings approach. We plan to evaluate the effectiveness of this program in improving the teen parents’ psychological and behavioral health and well being.