Costs of Mandatory Education and Training Programs for Teenage Parents on Welfare: Lessons from the Teenage Parent Demonstration. Acknowledgements


Many people contributed significantly to the assembly of information for this report.  We are indebted to the state project directors, first Lydia Davis-Barrett and then Janet DeGraaf of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and Denise Simon of the Illinois Department of Public Aid.  They have been consistently helpful and supportive throughout all of our evaluation efforts.  The demonstration site project directors and managers, Frank Ambrose and Kathy Abbott in Camden, Yvonne Johnson in Newark, and Melba McCarty in Chicago, provided invaluable assistance in identifying resources used in the demonstration programs.  We are also grateful to the many providers of demonstration services, including JTPA agencies, community colleges, and local community organizations offering education, workshop, or support services, who supplied us with critical data on the cost of their services.

Site analyst Charles Nagatoshi performed much of the early descriptive program analysis that supports this study, and programmers Anne Bloomenthal, Dexter Chu, and Cynthia Butchley expertly processed demonstration tracking data and state welfare records to produce the participation measures necessary for unit cost calculations.  Rebecca Maynard, Project Director for the evaluation, and Valarie Piper performed important substantive and editorial reviews.  Jill Miller, Doreen Ambrose, Denise Dunn, and Monica Capizzi provided expert secretarial and production support.

No less important to the production of this report was the ongoing support of the Federal project officers for the evaluation and the demonstration in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.  Reuben Snipper, the evaluation project officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Judith Reich and Nancye Campbell, demonstration project officers in the Administration for Children and Families have provided perceptive and valuable guidance and comment.  Other staff in ASPE and ACF provided useful comments as well.