Young Parents Program (YPP)
Who we are
At Children’s Hospital Boston, we understand that becoming a parent is full of challenges even in the best of circumstances. Those challenges are even greater for teen parents. Our Young Parents Program (YPP) is a special clinic dedicated to working with teen mothers and fathers from low-income and at-risk environments with the highest rates of pregnancies and the greatest risk of poor birth outcomes.
The YPP consists of physicians, social workers, nurses and nurse practitioners who have years of experience working with urban parents, adolescents and children. We understand the medical, social and developmental issues of adolescence and early childhood. The YPP also:
- provides quality medical care (including health screening and immunizations), counseling and health education to teen parents and their children
- teaches positive parenting skills, attitudes and behaviors
- encourages teen parents to make proactive, smart decisions as they become adults
- makes sure teen parents’ children are exposed to healthy development and growth through the critical first years
- helps young parents find housing and complete school
- creates healthy social activities and programs to bring teen parents together
As part of the Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC), the YPP dedicated to helping young parents learn positive parenting skills, attitudes and behaviors so their child is healthy.
Lisie and Charlie
When Lisie Nunez was 19, she put her dreams of becoming a nurse on hold to take care of her newborn son, Charlie. "It was tough having a child so young," she says. "I didn't expect it and I wasn't prepared." Read more about Lisie's experience as a young mom.
Lessons from a teen mom
Try riding the bus to high school while lugging a bag of heavy textbooks, plus a 3-month-old infant, complete with a day’s worth of baby gear. It will make you strong. While my peers were joking around and having fun on the morning commute, I was—at age 17—suffering from premature back pain. But I was determined not to end up another teen mother dropout. Read Camila's story of what it's like being a teen mom.