Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


First-time mothers between the ages of 13 and 18 years.

Eligibility Criteria

Young women who have had a previous pregnancy.


To help teen mothers delay a subsequent pregnancy by practicing contraception effectively and consistently. It is also designed to help them:

  • graduate from high school
  • improve their parenting abilities, through curriculum-driven parenting instruction
  • ensure that their children are properly immunized, have access to timely well-child check-ups and regular screening for developmental delays


Intensive home visiting, bi-monthly group meetings, case management, parenting instructions and more.

Delivery Method

Services are provided by a home visitor and within group activities.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $830.9 $830.9 $830.9
Number of Grantees 7 7 6
Number Served 383 390 390

Program Accomplishments

  • 100% of children received well child visits for children turning 12 & 24 months
  • Only 0.3 % of the participants became pregnant with a second child
  • 99.3% of teen parents received Parenting Skills Instruction