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


Many demonstration participants attended some type of educational program.  For example, roughly 40 to 45 percent of the participants reported in their baseline interviews that they were in school at the time; most of these were in high school, and many continued attending high school.  Many participants attended other forms of education at the demonstration site or were referred to courses at other schools.  These included GED preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  Some participants attended two-year community college programs or four-year colleges.

All three sites provided education courses at their own locations for at least some period of the demonstration.  Arrangements were made with other agencies -- a local community college, local school district, or county Department of Personnel -- for their instructors to teach ABE and GED classes.