Welfare to Work:

Approaches That Help Teenage Mothers Complete High School

HEHS/PEMD-95-202: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on local programs that help teenage mothers complete their secondary education as a step toward self-sufficiency.

GAO found that: (1) communities have responded to the growth of unwed teenage mothers by creating programs to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency by completing their secondary education; (2) three of the five programs studied increased secondary education completion by actively monitoring school attendance and providing access to child care and transportation; (3) innovative approaches to help teenage mothers complete high school included alternative public schools for pregnant and parenting students, residential facilities for homeless teenage mothers on welfare, and home visiting; (4) all of the 15 cities surveyed required teenage mothers on welfare to continue their secondary education, but 12 of the cities did not monitor the teenage mothers' attendance; and (5) states use of these successful approaches will depend on Congress' decision on whether welfare benefits should be provided to teenage mothers.

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