The MFSP program implemented by the Atlanta Urban League provided low-income, minority, single mothers with adult basic education followed by occupational skills training and additional supports to prepare them for advanced training and employment.  

The MFSP program implemented by the Atlanta Urban League provided low-income, minority, single mothers with adult basic education followed by occupational skills training and additional supports to prepare them for advanced training and employment.  

The MFSP program implemented by the Atlanta Urban League focused first on providing full-time adult basic education and GED instruction to women with poor reading, writing, or math skills, and then occupational skills training and additional supports once participants overcame academic barriers.

The MFSP program emphasized (1) assessing participants to develop realistic goals and training plans; (2) connecting participants to existing training in the community and filling gaps with in-house trainings; and (3) preparing participants for specific, local training programs.

Child care assistance was available to participants. Training programs varied in length from eight weeks to two years, and participants’ time in the program varied depending on their needs and the providers offering services. Minority single mothers were eligible to participate. The Atlanta Urban League implemented the MFSP program in Atlanta, GA.

Year evaluation began: 1984
Populations and employment barriers: Female, Parents, Single parents
Intervention services: Case management, Education, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Job search assistance
Setting(s): Urban only

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term Little evidence to assess support 0
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable -1% (in percentage points) -0.03 672
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1