ERIC Number: ED395092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
LEAP. The Educational Effects of LEAP and Enhanced Services in Cleveland. Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting Program for Teenage Parents on Welfare.
Long, David; And Others
This report presents new findings on the effectiveness of Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting (LEAP) Program in Cleveland as well as initial results from the Cleveland Student Parent Demonstration, a special project undertaken as part of the LEAP evaluation. LEAP is a statewide initiative that uses financial incentives and penalties to promote school attendance by pregnant and parenting teens on welfare. The program also offers teens case management and child care and transportation assistance. LEAP requires school attendance or preparation for the General Educational Development (GED) test. Since the program began in 1989, the state has been evaluating it in 12 Ohio counties. The Cleveland Student Parent Demonstration assessed the effectiveness of enhanced services beyond LEAP. Additional services were provided to about half of the 1,392 LEAP students in the Cleveland area. Findings from the Cleveland area evaluation indicate that LEAP is a viable, low-cost approach that improves school completion. The financial incentive structure affected nearly all participants, with more than three-quarters earning bonuses and two-thirds qualifying for grant reductions. In addition, participant graduation and GED completion rates increased. Findings also indicated that the enhanced services added to LEAP's beneficial effects on school completion. (Contains 18 tables, 2 figures, a box (chart), and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Cleveland Foundation, OH.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; BP America, Cleveland, OH.; Ohio State Dept. of Human Services, Columbus.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Case Management; Learning Earning and Parenting Program OH; Ohio (Cleveland)
Note: Additional support provided by the Treu-Mart Fund and the Procter and Gamble Fund.