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Financial Incentives for Teen Parents to Stay in School
Dropout Prevention

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.

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.

Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
2
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Completing school Potentially positive effects 11-12
 
 
4
Progressing in school No discernible effects 11-12 --
Staying in school Potentially positive effects 11-12
 
 
6

Last Updated: December 2006

Race

Black
47%
White
26%
Not specified
2%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
24%
Not Hispanic
75%

Gender

Male: 0%
Female: 99%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Locations

OH, CA
Midwest, West


Related Resources

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.

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