Many young single mothers end up leaving high school without graduating or getting their diploma. Fortunately for these women, General Educational Development (GED) programs exist to help them earn their high school diploma outside of school. Under a GED program, a person who has not graduated high school has to pass a series of five tests with a score equivalent to the 60th percentile of all U.S. high school students to receive a diploma.

A Different Start

The Mary J. Blige Center for Women in Westchester County, New York, in partnership with Westchester Jewish Community Services and the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now hosts a program called A Different Start. The program provides services including GED classes to single mothers and pregnant women between the ages of 16 and 21. They also offer parenting classes and life skills training.

The Mary J. Blige Center for Women

489 South Broadway

Yonkers, New York 10705


Even Start

The Even Start Program is a GED program for single mothers sponsored by the Selma City Schools and Wallace Community College-Selma in Selma, Alabama. Single moms are coached for the GED exams for six hours a week for free, with child care provided. They also receive parenting, life skills classes and college counseling.

Wallace Community College-Selma

3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway

Selma, AL 36703


Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, offers a GED and vocational training program for single mothers between the ages of 18 and 20 who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The program also provides life skills and computer training.

Atlanta Technical College

1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW

Atlanta, GA 30310


Waverly Family Center

The Waverly Family Center in Baltimore, Maryland offers a program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and in association with Goodwill, which provides GED training, child care, and employment services for single mothers.

Waverly Family Support Center

829 Montpelier Street

Baltimore, MD 21218


The Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents

The Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents in Phoenix, Arizona offers GED programs for single mothers from the ages of 16 to 21. The Center provides free child care during GED classes, teaches job readiness skills and helps connect single moms with community services.

The Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents

700 W. Campbell, Suite 3

Phoenix, AZ 85013


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