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Report Summary


New Chance was found to have potentially positive effects on completing school.

Program Description

New Chance, a program for young welfare mothers who have dropped out of school, aims to improve both their employment potential and their parenting skills. Participants take GED (General Educational Development) preparation classes and complete a parenting and life skills curriculum. Once they complete this first phase of the program, they can receive occupational training and job placement assistance from New Chance, which also offers case management and child care.


One study of New Chance met What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. This randomized controlled trial, including over 2,000 women, was conducted in 16 sites in 10 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Based on this one study, the WWC considers the extent of evidence for New Chance to be small for completing school. That study did not examine the effectiveness of New Chance in the domains of staying or progressing in school.

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.