Kids Count spotlights local issues affecting the health, well-being and quality of life of our Valley’s children. The weekly series will raise awareness of issues related to young children, providing reliable, balanced information that encourages viewers to think, feel and make informed decisions on behalf of their children and the children of the future. Kids Count is produced by ValleyPBS and made possible by a funding partnership between the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, First 5 Fresno County, Fresno County Office of Education, and United Health Centers.
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When you’re in a dating relationship in our society, sex is expected, if not on the first date. And if you don’t have a reason to say ‘no,’ you just do it, because it’s expected.
~ Ginny Payne, Youth For Christ Teen Parents program.
It’s hard to wake up in the morning, fix yourself, do your hair, your makeup – sometimes, there’s no time for that. I just have to get him ready, have to make sure his bottle’s ready, his diapers. He’s like the main one, and then I come next.
~ Elizabeth Ramirez, Teen Mom
If we could keep one student from getting pregnant, gosh, it saves tremendous amounts of money. But it also enables those kids to have a much better future, and that’s what our goal is.
~ Colleen Nelson, Selma sex education teacher