ERIC Number: ED338935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
LEAP: Implementing a Welfare Initiative To Improve School Attendance among Teenage Parents. Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting Program.
Bloom, Dan; And Others
This report presents an analysis of Ohio's early operational experience in implementing the Learning, Earning, and Parenting (LEAP) program, a statewide initiative that requires pregnant and parenting teenagers on welfare who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent to go to school. There is a reduction in the family's welfare grant if the teenager does not meet this school attendance requirement and a bonus if she does. This analysis focuses on the first year and a half of program operations in 12 counties in Ohio. Chapter 1 provides background information, a description of the development of the LEAP model, and an overview of LEAP's implementation. Chapter 2 looks at issues related to the way in which county human services agencies have assigned LEAP program functions to their staff and defined the responsibilities of those staff. Chapter 3 addresses issues that have arisen as LEAP staff have worked to identify teenagers who are eligible for the program. The linkages between schools and human services agencies necessary to operate LEAP are the focus of Chapter 4. LEAP's financial incentive system, paying bonuses and enforcing sanctions, is covered in Chapter 5. The last chapter addresses child care. In many cases, effective and ineffective strategies are highlighted. References and a list of selected related publications are included. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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.