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Children's Council awarded $84,000

Article Published: Jan. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

N.C. Rep. Cullie Tarleton and N.C. Sen. Steve Goss are pleased to announce that the Children's Council of Watauga County has been awarded $84,000 for the Pregnant and Parenting Teens Support Program.

The Children's Council of Watauga County was awarded the $84,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Dropout Prevention Committee.

These funds will primarily be used to hire a Social Worker who will be trained in the Parents as Teachers curriculum and provide intensive support for pregnant and parenting teens in Watauga County to support them in staying or returning to school.

Services will include educational support goal plans, support groups, home visiting, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support, and stipends to reward attendance and good grades.

"This program helps us reach young people who may otherwise never graduate from high school," Rep. Tarleton said. "We already have too many students who have chosen that path and made their lives more difficult. I hope that this project and others like it will help us catch some of those who are headed the wrong way."

"Keeping our kids in school is the best way to get our economy back on track for the long-term," Goss said. "Programs such as these are exactly the type of proactive approach that we need to be taking to ensure that our kids are getting the education they need and deserve."

The Dropout Prevention Grant program was created in 2007 and has awarded more than 200 small grants worth a total of $34 million since then.

Tarleton is serving his second term, representing District 93 (Ashe, Watauga). He is chairman of the Water Resources and Infrastructure committee and vice-chairman of both the Environment and Natural Resources committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

Goss is serving his second term, representing District 45 (Alexander, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes). He is co-chairman of both the Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of Transportation and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, and he is vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Finance, Commerce, Ways & Means and Health Care committees.

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