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Miami-Dade County

Final report on the Youth Transition Demonstration Evaluation

Individual Author: 
Fraker, Thomas
Mamun, Arif
Honeycutt, Todd
Thompkins, Allison
Valentine, Erin Jacobs

Under contract to SSA, Mathematica Policy Research conducted a rigorous evaluation of the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) projects using a random assignment evaluation design. Across the six project sites, more than 5,000 youth enrolled in the evaluation and were randomly assigned to either a treatment group that could participate in the YTD projects or a control group that could not. Mathematica and its partners in the evaluation conducted site-specific analysis to assess the impacts of the interventions one year and three years after youth enrolled in the evaluation.

The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Profiles of the random assignment projects

Individual Author: 
Martinez, John
Manno, Michelle S.
Baird, Peter
Fraker, Thomas
Honeycutt, Todd
Mamun, Arif
O'Day, Bonnie
Rangarajan, Anu

The transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, particularly youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other disability program benefits, can be especially challenging. In addition to the host of issues facing all transition-age youth, young people with disabilities face special issues related to health, social isolation, service needs, and lack of access to supports. These challenges complicate their planning for future education and work, and often lead to poor educational and employment outcomes, high risk of dependency, and a lifetime of poverty.

Implementation and early training outcomes of the High Growth Job Training Initiative: Final report

Individual Author: 
Lauren Eyster
Nightingale, Demetra Smith
Barnow, Burt S.
O'Brien, Carolyn T.
Trutko, John
Kuehn, Daniel

The High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) was a national grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Between 2001 and 2007, more than 160 grants were awarded to establish industry-focused job training and related projects designed to meet the industry's workforce challenges. This report is the third and final in a series from the national evaluation of the HGJTI conducted by the Urban Institute, the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Capital Research Corporation.

Role modeling as an early childhood obesity prevention strategy: Effect of parents and teachers on preschool children's healthy lifestyle habits

Individual Author: 
Natale, Ruby A.
Messiah, Sarah E.
Asfour, Lila
Uhlhorn, Susan B.
Delamater, Alan
Arheart, Kris L.

Objective:

To assess the effectiveness of a child care center-based parent and teacher healthy lifestyle role-modeling program on child nutrition and physical activity outcomes.

Methods:

Social service organizations and welfare reform

Individual Author: 
Fink, Barbara
Widom, Rebecca

In order to fully understand how welfare reform influences the well-being of low-income families and communities, we must learn how human service organizations are affected by new welfare policies. This report examines agency staff members’ knowledge about welfare reform, their overall views of welfare reform, their experience of its impact on their agencies, and their expectations of how it will affect them.

Changing policies, changing impacts: Employment and earnings of child-care subsidy recipients in the era of welfare reform

Individual Author: 
Queralt, Magaly
Witte, Ann D.
Griesinger, Harriet

We examine the impact of increased child-care funding on the employment and earnings of 4,399 current and former welfare families in Miami-Dade County. We find that the dramatic increase in funding for child care during the early stages of welfare reform significantly increased the likelihood of employment for these welfare clients, even those with substantial barriers to employment.

Big cities and welfare reform: Early implementation and ethnographic findings from the Project on Devolution and Urban Change

Individual Author: 
Quint, Janet
Edin, Kathryn
Buck, Maria L.
Fink, Barbara
Padilla, Yolanda C.
Simmons-Hewitt, Olis
Valmont, Mary Eustace
Bowie, Stan L.
Johnson, Earl S.
Korbin, Jill E.
Stepick, Carol Dutton
Stepick, Alex
Valenzuela, Abel

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 revolutionized welfare policy. Ending Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) — the 60-year-old federal cash welfare program for poor families — the act granted unprecedented authority and responsibility for public assistance policies and programs to the states, established a new form of aid known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which provides funds to the states via block grants, and placed a five-year lifetime limit on federally assisted cash benefits for most families.

Career Academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment

Individual Author: 
Kemple, James J.
Scott-Clayton, Judith

Established more than 30 years ago, Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to post-secondary education and employment. Typically serving between 150 and 200 high school students from grade 9 or 10 through grade 12, Career Academies are organized as small learning communities, combine academic and technical curricula around a career theme, and establish partnerships with local employers to provide work-based learning opportunities.

The health of poor urban women: Findings from the project on devolution and urban change

Individual Author: 
Polit, Denise F.
London, Andrew S.
Martinez, John M.

To what extent might the health of welfare recipients and their children play a role in the new welfare environment? In 1996, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), creating a five-year lifetime limit on the receipt of federal cash welfare benefits for most families. PRWORA dropped the language from prior legislation that excused welfare recipients from mandatory participation in welfare-to-work activities for health reasons.

Strategies for improving homeless people's access to mainstream benefits and services

Individual Author: 
Burt, Martha R.
Carpenter, Jenneth
Hall, Samuel G.
Henderson, Kathryn A.
Rog, Debra J.
Hornik, John A.
Denton, Ann V.
Moran, Garrett E.

In 2000, HUD, in recognition that any solution to homelessness must emphasize housing, targeted its McKinney-Vento Act homeless competitive programs towards housing activities. This policy decision presumed that mainstream programs such as Medicaid, TANF and General Assistance could pick up the slack produced by the change. This study examines how seven communities sought to improve homeless people’s access to mainstream services following this shift away from funding services through the Supportive Housing Program (SHP).