Early Parenthood Program provides mentoring and support for teen mothers and their children to build a strong & healthy future.

At the YWCA we believe all women deserve the opportunity to complete their education and reach their goals. YWCA’s Early Parenthood Program (EPP) aims to help pregnant and parenting teens stay in school and graduate, access higher education and vocational training, develop the skills and knowledge needed to become strong parents and delay another teen pregnancy. We are committed to ensuring bright futures for teens and their families.

Goals of Early Parenthood Program

  • High school graduation
  • Healthy pregnancy and birth
  • Nurturing parenting skills
  • School-ready children
  • Delay of second pregnancy

The Early Parenthood program uses the “Parents As Teachers” Curriculum, designed to promote optimal childhood development, learning and engagement.

What’s Included

  • Educational support to allow mothers to complete high school diploma or equivalency
  • 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!

Program Eligibility

  • Young women ages 12-19 (who are currently pregnant or have one child)
  • Mother’s must be enrolled in school or equivalent program
  • Must reside in Columbus County

Young women interested in joining the Early Parenthood Program can apply for the program at the Partnership for Children of Columbus County or contact the program coordinator for an application. Applications are taken on a rolling basis, dependent on class size and current participant roster.

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