Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


New and expectant teen parents in several communities

Eligibility Criteria



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, peer group meetings, and community education.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) * $2265.3 N/A $2265.3
Number of Grantees 1 1 1
Number Served * 923 N/A 826

* Program Expenditures and Number Served corrected to reflect the actual data for the Parents Too Soon program, rather then the Parents Too Soon Division, which contains other programs.

Program Accomplishments

  • 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.