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So Successful It's Closing

A program at Muscatine High School has been so successful, it's going to close in the spring. A big decline in the number of students with babies, means the school nursery is no longer needed.

Diana Broderson, from the Muscatine YMCA, says a partnership of the Y, the high school, and Trinity Public Health opened the nursery in 1990 because at that time Muscatine had the highest rate of teen pregnancies in Iowa. The nursery was licensed for up to 5 babies, but now there's just one, and its mother will graduate soon.
And she credits their focus on prevention for the dramatic change - sex education and character development programs in the middle and high schools, and a teen parent support group at the Y.

Graduating from high school is good for the mother and child.

When the nursery closes, help will still be available for young mothers in Muscatine to find child care.


A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.