Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health

Program Description


New and expectant teen parents in several communities


To provide support and assistance to teens who became parents


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 and peer group meetings

Program Data

Parents Too Soon Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06 SFY07
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $4,390.80 $3,900.60 $3,900.60 $3,900.60 $3,900.60
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1 1
Number Served 4521 3560 3965 4061 -

Program Effectiveness


  • 6% subsequent birth rate
  • 100% completed parenting skills instruction

By 12 months of age

  • 84% received three well child visits
  • 92% fully immunized
  • 97% screened for developmental delay