Dropout prevention programs for teen mothers

Program basics

  • 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)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


Target population

High school-aged children

Program cost

Approximately $2,250-3,000 per participant

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Reduced dropout rates
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Improvements in health outcomes

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Comprehensive approaches that pair financial incentives with case management and social services are seen as particularly effective.


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