This report benefited greatly from the advice, comment, and support of others. 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, were extremely helpful throughout the evaluation. The demonstration site project directors and managers, Frank Ambrose and Kathy Abbott in Camden, Yvonne Johnson in Newark, and Melba McCarty in Chicago, provided valuable comments and insights, and made it possible to gather information from their records and staff. The supervisors, case managers, and other demonstration staff also helped by offering their views and sharing details of their roles in the demonstration programs and their experiences with participants.
The Federal project officers for the evaluation and the demonstration in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services have also been important in the development of this report. They are 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. All three made very thoughtful comments that helped to improve this report.
Staff at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., as always, have provided collegial help and support. Rebecca Maynard, Project Director for the evaluation, helped with critical comments. Denise Dunn and Monica Capizzi provided expert production support. Faults in the report remain the responsibility of the author, however.
This report also benefited from the continuing data collection and analysis that are part of the demonstration evaluation. It is a revised version of the report originally issued on May 24, 1991. The revisions primarily reflect refinements in data on the number of teenage parents who were referred to the demonstration and completed intake.
This report was prepared for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under contract HHS-100-86-0045. This report does not necessarily represent the official opinion or policy of the Department of Health and Human Services. The results of this study and the views expressed are solely the views of the authors.