Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


Pregnant or parenting low-income teens who are age 20 or younger and do not have a high school diploma (or its equivalent). Participation is mandatory for teen parents on TANF. Services are offered in Cook County only and limited services are available to males.

Eligibility Criteria 



To increase below-post-secondary school completion, reduce subsequent pregnancy and improve parenting skills. Increase the rate of the immunizations, well baby visits, and screening for developmental delay for children of teen parents.


Intensive and holistic case management; information, service referral, coordination, and follow-up for social and medical services; payment of education and work-related fees/expenses. Assuring provision of life-skills instruction, evidenced based parenting instruction, and other workshops to promote self-sufficiency.

Delivery Method

Individualized service plans are developed, for each participant, based upon an assessment of strengths, barriers, family issues, educational needs, and career goal exploration. The mutually agreed upon responsibility and service plan includes long and short-term goals incorporating specific activities required to accomplish the defined goals within set timelines.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $5,911.1 $4,999.4 $4,469.9
Number of Grantees 87 84 79
Number Served 6,881 6,387 6,500

Program Accomplishments

  • Provided statewide training to providers.
  • Continued expansion of services to males.
  • Assisted 1,376 teens to receive high school diploma or GED certificate (65.1%).
  • Maintained a 0.8% subsequent birth rate for program participants.
  • Documented receipt of parenting instruction for 88% of program participants.