ERIC Number: ED424426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learnfare! How To Implement a Mandatory Stay-in-School Program for Teenage Parents on Welfare. ReWORKing Welfare. Technical Assistance for States and Localities: A How-to Guide.
Long, David A.; Bos, Johannes M.
This how-to guide, which is designed to assist state and local welfare reform efforts, explains how to design, implement, and manage mandatory stay-in-school (learnfare) programs for teenage parents on welfare. The following topics are discussed in the guide's five chapters: the importance of focusing on teen parents on welfare, Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting (LEAP) program model, and other programs for teen parents; targeting issues (determining program exemption criteria, making the most of limited resources, extending learnfare to teens who receive welfare but are not parents); program design (allowable activities, aspects of school performance to encourage, services and special services, and bonuses and threats of sanctions); implementation challenges (key operational tasks, key staff and system capabilities, best ways of identifying and enrolling eligible teens, streamlining financial incentives and sanctions, linkages with schools); and program management (responsibility for running learnfare programs, staff duties, administrator roles, ways of maximizing participation, noncompliance with program rules, evaluation of programs' effectiveness). Checklists of best practices conclude chapters 2-5. Appended are the teenage parent provisions of the 1996 federal welfare law and four tables from the LEAP evaluation. (Contains 51 references and a list of 51 recent publications on Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation projects.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Check Lists, Dropout Prevention, Early Parenthood, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Federal Legislation, Models, Program Administration, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Tables (Data), Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.