How to Implement a Mandatory Stay-in-School Program for Teenage Parents on Welfare

| David Long, Johannes Bos

Federal law requires that teen parents live at home and attend school (or an alternative approved activity) in order to receive welfare. As states implement these requirements, they can learn from past programs that have had similar goals. This guide presents issues and lessons from Ohio’s LEAP program and other programs that encourage teen parents to stay in school. While there are no clear answers to many of the questions posed in this guide, the guide presents options and trade-offs as well as practical advice for policy makers.