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Overview

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we understand that becoming a parent is full of challenges, even in the best circumstances. Those challenges are even greater for teen parents. Our Young Parents Program (YPP) is a special clinic dedicated to working with teen mothers and fathers from low-income and/or at-risk environments. Started in 1980, we have over three decades of experience in serving teen-led families.

The YPP consists of physicians, social workers, nurses, and nurse practitioners who have years of experience working with parents, adolescents, and children. We understand the medical, social, and developmental issues of adolescence and early childhood.

The YPP also:

  • provides primary medical care (including health screening and immunizations), counseling and health education to teen parents and their children
  • teaches positive parenting skills, attitudes, and behaviors
  • encourages teen parents to make proactive, smart decisions as they become adults
  • makes sure teen parents’ children are exposed to healthy development and growth through the critical first years
  • helps young parents find housing and complete school
  • creates healthy social activities and programs to bring teen parents together

Who we serve

We work with teen mothers and fathers from low-income and at-risk environments who have the highest rates of pregnancies, and the greatest risk of poor birth outcomes.

Our vision

The vision of the Young Parents Program is that all families will have comprehensive and compassionate health care that empowers, educates, and supports families toward a successful future.

Our mission

The mission of the Young Parents Program is to provide a family-centered, medical home with excellent primary care, behavioral health, case management, and parenting resources to teen parents and their children. We are committed to creating a non-judgmental, supportive community where families can access innovative, evidence-based, flexible care. Our goal is to empower parents to make healthy, informed choices for themselves and their children as they transition into adulthood.

Meet our team

Our team includes physicians, social workers and a nurse and nurse practitioner who have an average of 15 years experience working with urban parents, adolescents and children. We are knowledgeable in the medical, social and developmental issues of adolescence and early childhood. Several of our team members teach teen-parenting training sessions throughout the region.

FAQ's

What is the Young Parents Program (YPP)?
How do I refer my patient to YPP?
Is YPP free for my patient?
How do young parents qualify to enroll in YPP?
How old are parents in YPP?
How old are children in YPP?
Is YPP for both mothers and fathers?
Can young parents enroll in YPP if they have more than one child?
Will participants get to meet other young parents at YPP?
How do I receive more information about the Young Parents Program?

Make a gift

The young Parents Program (YPP) at Boston Children's Hospital is funded jointly by grants, private and corporate donations, contracts and contributions from our partners.

Our program relies on the kind donations of people and groups interested in supporting our work. We are grateful for our contributors' support.

Donate to our program

Many people ask what they can do to help the Young Parents Program (YPP). One important action you can take today is making a gift. Your donation helps our parents get housing, complete school, attend parenting groups, engage in healthy social activities, and receive routine health care and counseling for themselves and their children.

Every gift, no matter the size, plays a vital role in raising healthy children. When you make a gift, you will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. To make your gift online, please click here: Give

For more information about giving, please contact:

Children's Hospital Trust
1 Autumn Street, #731
Boston, MA 02215-5301
617-355-6890