MA Expectant and Parenting Teen Programs

Young Parents GED Program (YPP) DTA

  • The only state funded education and workforce development program designed to support teen parents in completing their education. YPP enables these young people to begin on a path towards securing careers with family sustaining wages.
  • Teen parents receive education leading to a high school diploma or GED, job skills training, job placement assistance, and have access to parenting classes and case management.
  • Teen parents between the ages of 14-21 can enroll (and can remain in YPP until age 22).
  • Can include teen parents under 18 who would be eligible for TAFDC (welfare benefits) if it were not for “grandparent income deeming” where by the teen’s parents’ income can disqualify the teen from receiving benefits.

Teen Parent Child Care (TPCC) EEC

  • TPCC provides quality childcare, parent mentoring and support services, enabling hundreds of parenting teens to stay in school and attend work.
  • Pregnant and parenting teens under 20 can enroll. Teens may stay in the program at age 20 if they are parenting or have special needs.

Teen Parent Shelter Program (TPP), formerly called TLP: DTA/DCF

  • Programs provide homeless teen families with safe housing and services to promote progress toward independent living.
  • Must be eligible for TAFDC (120 days from due date or parenting & low income).
  • Pregnant and parenting females 13–19 years old can enroll and can stay until they are 20 with the possibility for approved extensions in stay.
  • Teen dads may be eligible for non-shelter services.

Young Parent Support Program (YPS) DCF

  • Community programs across Massachusetts provide intensive counseling and case management for young parents at the highest risk of abuse or neglect.
  • YPS serves young parents 23 and younger with mental health, trauma, and homelessness histories. YPS enables young parents to meet their responsibilities as parents, students and employees.
  • YPS fills the gap in the tapestry of young parent services, helping teens with intensive needs and who may not be eligible anywhere else.

Healthy Families EEC

  • Healthy Families provides home-visiting and parenting skills for first-time teen parents.
  • Pregnant and parenting teens 20 or under can enroll. If parenting, the teen can only have one child under 1 year old in order to enroll.
  • Youth enrolled can receive services until their child is 3.

Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) DPH

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health grant
  • Grantees are in Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford and Springfield
  • Each city has a multidisciplinary support team operating out of schools and community-based organizations. The goals are to provide pregnant and parenting teens with wrap-around services to promote graduation from high school or GED attainment, delay second pregnancy, and ensure teen parents’ children are on track for healthy development.

For details on how to access these programs in your area, please email Liz Peck at For other questions please email or call our Teen Parent Benefits Access Line at 1-800-645-3750 x115.