ERIC Number: ED361496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers: A National Problem and Concern. Ohio's Response. A Report on the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act, 1986-1991.
Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Career Education.
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act of 1984 included a component focusing on programs for displaced homemakers and single parents. This part of the legislation was precipitated by the following statistics: almost half of all families maintained by single women had incomes below the poverty line; the number of displaced homemakers and single women heading families was very large and growing rapidly; and births to unmarried teens were increasing astronomically. The Perkins Act legislation provided for vocational education and training and expanded services for displaced homemakers and single parents. In Ohio, funds from the program were set aside to expand displaced homemaker and single parent programs, to fund a grant program for tuition and support services for single parents and homemakers through existing delivery systems, and to fund an accountability system, curriculum development outreach, research, and inservice programs related to single parent and homemaker programs and projects. Almost all program participants were female, living in poverty with one or more young children. Participants enrolled in vocational training and then received support services to allow them to participate. A total of $14.1 million was granted to the Ohio projects during fiscal years 1986 through 1991, resulting in 90-152 functioning projects during any one year. Services were provided to more than 17,000 participants, with most of those receiving both occupational training and support services. Average cost per participant was $536. The programs also helped improve the employment prospects and high school graduation rates of participants and reduced reliance on public assistance. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Career Education.