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ERIC Number: ED494750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-21
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Financial Incentives for Teen Parents to Stay in School. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
Financial incentives for teen parents are components of state welfare programs intended to encourage enrollment, attendance, and completion of high school as a means of increasing employment and earnings and reducing welfare dependence. The incentives take the form of bonuses and sanctions to the welfare grant related to school enrollment, performance, and completion. The programs typically provide case management and social services to supplement financial incentives. One study of financial incentives for teen parents met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards and a second study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. The two studies included more than 2,000 pregnant or parenting teens in the Ohio Learning, Earning, and Parenting program (LEAP) and the California Cal-Learn program. Financial incentives for teen parents had potentially positive effects on staying in school, no discernible effects on progressing in school, and no discernible effects on completing school. (Contains 4 footnotes and 17 appendices.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following studies are reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Long, D., Gueron, J. M., Wood, R. G., Fisher, R., & Fellerath, V. (1996). "LEAP: Three-Year Impacts of Ohio's Welfare Initiative to Improve School Attendance among Teenage Parents." New York: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation; and (2) Mauldon, J., Malvin, J., Stiles, J., Nicosia, N., & Seto, E. (2000). "Impact of California's Cal-Learn Demonstration Project: Final Report." Berkeley, CA: University of California, UC DATA.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; New York; Ohio
IES Funded: Yes