Resources for Young People

Family Planning

The Massachusetts Sexual and Reproductive Health Program offers a comprehensive list of statewide family planning programs and clinics to serve all reproductive and sexual health needs.

Resources for Young Parents

Young Parents HiSET Program (YPP) DTA

  • The only state funded education and workforce development program designed to support teen parents in completing their GED (now called HiSET). YPP enables these young people to set on a path towards careers with family sustaining wages.
  • Teen parents receive education leading to passing the HiSET, or in some cases obtaining their high school diploma. Teens can also access job skills training, job placement assistance, parenting classes and case management.
  • Teen parents between the ages of 14–21 can enroll (and can remain in YPP until age 22). This can include teen parents under 18 who would be eligible for TAFDC (welfare benefits) if the teen’s parents’ income did not disqualify them from receiving benefits.
  • Find a HiSET Program near you.

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.
  • Find a TPCC Program near you. Child Development and Education (sites statewide), (781) 393-5100.

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 Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) (at any stage of pregnancy 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.
  • To apply to a TPP, go to your local department of transitional assistance office.

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.
  • Find a YPS Program near you.

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.
  • Find a Healthy Families Program near you.