Research Report Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Parent Families
Highlights from Interviews with 14 Programs
Alan D. Dodkowitz, Yuju Park, Shayne Spaulding
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In 2013, there were nearly 4.6 million young parents between the ages of 18 and 24 in the United States, with approximately 80 percent (3.6 million) living with at least one of their children. These young parents face a host of challenges, ranging from difficulties accessing child care, higher rates of public benefit receipt, and troubles obtaining positive educational and employment outcomes. Despite these issues, there is no overarching strategy to improve the outcomes for young parents. The Urban Institute interviewed 14 different young parent providers across the nation serving a variety of subpopulations, to understand what strategies they used to serve this population. This paper provides an overview of the strategies used to serve young parents, including methods of providing improved education and employment services, connections to support services, and parenting workshops. This paper also highlights the perspectives of service providers on what approaches are needed to serve this population, as well as their views on the many challenges young parents face. This research highlights different methods of improving young outcomes for this population, implications for policy, and where further research should focus.
Research Areas Education Children and youth Families Social safety net Workforce
Tags Families with low incomes Higher education Workforce development Economic well-being Family and household data Father involvement Secondary education Workers in low-wage jobs Parenting Youth employment and training Inequality and mobility Kids in context Beyond high school: education and training Building America’s Workforce
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center