Early Parenthood Program


Empowering teen mothers and their children to build a strong & healthy future.

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s Early Parenthood Program is for young women, ages twelve to nineteen, that are currently pregnant or have children. Eligible mothers must be attending school, or enrolled in an equivalent program, and residing in Columbus County. The program is free to qualified participants.
The goal of the program is to empower young parents with the tools needed to stay enrolled in school and graduate, provide access to prenatal and community resources, reduce repeat pregnancies, and develop strong parenting skills to raise healthy and school-ready children.
The Early Parenthood program uses the “Parents As Teachers” Curriculum, designed to promote optimal childhood development, learning and engagement.

Program Highlights:

  • Educational support to allow mothers to complete high school diploma or GED certification
  • Healthy parenting skills instruction & coaching
  • Monthly one-on-one individual case management
  • In-home consultations to establish a nurturing home environment
  • Individual goal planning & tracking
  • Transportation assistance to health appointments
  • Quarterly group education sessions
  • Milestone celebrations, fun family excursions, free supplies from the “Baby Closet” and more!


For more information, contact:

Monica Deese

Early Parenthood Program Coordinator

P: 910-520-4819



Program provided in partnership with: