ERIC Number: ED336617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: 0
LEAP. Impelementing a Welfare Initiative To Improve School Attendance among Teenage Parents. Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting Program.
Bloom, Dan; And Others
An analysis of Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting (LEAP) program focused on the first 18 months of program operations. The 12 randomly selected research counties contained about two-thirds of the statewide teen population targeted by LEAP. The analysis relied on field research, supplemented by data collected from county human service agencies and a survey of LEAP teens. LEAP provided financial incentives, child care, and transportation support to encourage and help pregnant teenagers and teenage custodial parents to attend school regularly. Counties devised different approaches to assigning and coordinating grant adjustment and other functions traditionally handled by separate divisions of county departments but combined by LEAP. Despite difficulties in identifying eligible teens, LEAP operated on a large scale and worked with large numbers of school dropouts. LEAP and local school staff made substantial progress in developing linkages needed to transmit school attendance information to county human service agencies. In a number of schools and school districts, LEAP and school staff took steps to develop broader linkages. Staff had implemented the financial incentive system and requested grant adjustments for large numbers of teen parents. Few LEAP teens availed themselves of program-funded child care. (Appendixes include LEAP participant data, an article on the flow of information in LEAP, 29 references, and a list of 25 related publications.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Behavior Change, Coordination, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Economically Disadvantaged, Incentives, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, State Programs, Unemployment, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services, Youth Employment, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Human Services, Columbus.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Learning Earning and Parenting Program OH; Ohio