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State receives million-dollar grant for teen parents

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:06:39 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 24 2013 01:22:25 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced Friday it received a $1.5 million grant to aid school-aged parents and their children.

According to a release from DPI, the grant from the federal Office of Adolescent Health will provide training and support for 25 high schools to keep teen parents in school.

According to the release, Milwaukee has the sixth-highest overall teen birthrate among large cities and Wisconsin mothers under the age of 20 have less than a high school education.

The grant will help provide academic instruction, including home instruction when a teen is not able to attend school. It will also provide counseling, career planning and it will teach teen parents the basics of prenatal or neonatal care, nutrition and child care.

The schools have not been chosen. According to the release, schools will undergo a screening process to see which qualify.

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