Dropout prevention programs for teen mothers
- Typically lasting a year, these programs offer services to students with children, including case management, health care, transportation assistance, childcare, tutoring, and remedial education
- Aim to increase attendance as well as graduation rates
- Usually implemented in community settings rather than exclusively at school
- May include financial incentives to encourage attendance
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
High school-aged children
Approximately $2,250-3,000 per participant
Outcomes and impact
- Reduced dropout rates
- Increased graduation rates
- Improvements in health outcomes
- Increased academic progress
- Can provide financial incentives for teen mothers to return to school, such as the LEAP and Cal-Learn programs
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Pair financial incentives with case management and social services to create a comprehensive approach to dropout prevention.
- Implement programs that involve significant changes to the learning environment such as vocational training programs, mentoring, community service programs, case management, and career counseling. These changes should be continuous and sustained for successful results.
- Aim to include education on mental health, postnatal care, healthy relationships, etc.
- Examine your school’s financial benefit, the students’ specific needs, and the providers’ capacity in order to ensure high quality implementation.