Young Parents Program (YPP)
Frequently asked questions
What is the Young Parents Program (YPP)?
YPP is the primary care center where mom, dad and baby can all receive their medical care in one doctor's office.
In addition to being your child's doctor, we can also assist you finding resources for school, jobs, housing, money and other things your family needs.
We also try to make it a supportive place for your family where you can talk about the challenges and joys of being a young parent.
Do I have to pay anything if I enroll in YPP?
No, all medical visits are covered by insurance. The majority of YPP patients have Medicaid (MassHealth).
How do I qualify to enroll in YPP?
If you are a parent, 18 years old or younger, you qualify for YPP. If you want to become a YPP patient, you simply have to transfer your child's and your care to YPP. We do not have any restrictions on your income or where you live.
How old are parents in YPP?
Our parents are in their teens and early 20s.
A new parent coming into YPP must be 18 years old or younger. We then continue to provide care for mom, dad and baby until the baby is at least 3 years old.
Sometimes, depending on life circumstances, young families stay in YPP for a little longer after their child turns 3 years old.
How old are children in YPP?
Our children's ages range from newborns to about 5 years old.
Is YPP for both mothers and fathers?
Yes, YPP is for mothers and fathers. While we have a higher number of mothers in the program, we also have fathers who have joined the program and benefited greatly from our services.
We invite single mothers and fathers to join, as well as young couples with a child.
Can I enroll in YPP if I have more than one child?
Yes, as long as you are 18 years old or younger when you enter YPP.
Have YPP parents been successful?
Yes, many of our parents have benefited greatly from joining the YPP with their child.
Will I get to meet other young parents at YPP?
Yes, you will have the opportunity to meet other young parents in YPP. You will be able to talk and socialize with other young parents who are going through similar situations as you. Many of our YPP families make friends with other YPP families.
How do I join the Young Parents Program?
Please contact us at 617-355-7718 to schedule an appointment with a YPP staff member. Or view our Young Parents Program brochure to learn more about our services.