Parents Too Soon (PTS)
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


New and expectant teen parents in several communities


To promote the healthy development of families through a framework of program collaboration, reflective practice and best practice standards. Provide support and assistance to teens who became parents. Parents Too Soon is an umbrella for programs serving first time teenage parents using one of the following three nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program models, Healthy Families Illinois (HFI), Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Nurse Family Partnership (NFP).


Services focus on nurturing relationships between mother and child, improving the health and emotional development of the teen and her child, delaying subsequent pregnancies, and completing school. The Department's grantee is the Ounce of Prevention Fund, which oversees 21 community-based sites.

Delivery Method

Weekly home visits, peer group meetings and community education

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $2,265.3 $2,265.3 $2,265.3 $2,265.3
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 947 900 923 923

Program Effectiveness

  • Breastfeeding rates among PTS participants were significantly higher than rates among the population of teen parents in general. 68% of teen parents in PTS initiated breastfeeding as compared to 43% of teen parents in the general population.
  • 67% of fathers are involved in their child's life at least one time per week.
  • 69.3% of the teen parents enrolled in the program indicated that they felt more confident in their parenting ability after receiving services.