Education Issues

August 22, 2011

- education rights, sex education, pregnancy, parenting, breastfeeding, education access & discrimination

I experienced discrimination in education because I’m pregnant or parenting. Where can I receive support and learn more about my rights as a pregnant or parenting student or young person?

* Girl-Mom- A website that provides peer support for young mothers. The website includes a forums section as well as a features section with articles, essays, and stories.

* National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education- organizes around many issues, including rights of pregnant and parenting students. Contact the NCWGE Chair Lisa Maatz at maatzl@aauw.org or (202) 785-7793.

* Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. Due to funding cuts it can no longer take on new cases, but has a variety of publications, including information specifically about education access and discrimination, available to download for free on their website.

Also check the non-discrimination policies of local and state boards of education for additional resources.


Are there parenting education programs for low-income mothers, fathers, and families?

* Sistas on the Rise- NYC-based reproductive justice organizing and development programs for low income mothers of color ages 13-21. 718-991-6003; PO Box 740581 Bronx, NY 10474.

* Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. Due to funding cuts it can no longer take on new cases, but has a variety of publications, including information specifically about education access and discrimination, available to download for free on their website.

* The Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective - An organization in Brooklyn that helps disadvantaged young mothers by connecting them to schooling and offering reproductive health education and leadership trainings. 612-888-BYMC (2962).

* Inwood House – school-based pregnancy program, providing training on parenting, arrange after-care plans, young fathers program. 212-861-4400


I want to go back to school but am finding it difficult while pregnant/caring for my family/maintaining another job.

* Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective - Helps disadvantaged women get GED training, finish high school, and pursue advanced degrees.