Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Settings: High Schools and Community Service Centers
The Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) will support multidisciplinary teams in the communities of Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford, and Springfield to address the needs of expectant and parenting teens in schools and community-based organizations. The program will provide expectant and parenting teens with wraparound services, including medical care, health education, and social and emotional support services, as well as family support designed to help address concerns in the teens’ home environment.
The goal of MPPTI is to provide a comprehensive support model for expectant and parenting teens (male and female) in five cities with disproportionately high teen birth rates so that they:
- Increase academic achievement through attainment of individualized academic and career goals;
- Improve reproductive health outcomes through delaying subsequent pregnancy; and
- Enhance family stability through increased connection with support systems, improved self-sufficiency, and healthy parenting.
Each expectant or parenting teen will be guided in developing an individualized graduation, GED or alternative education plan. Key areas of focus for this model will include infant care and nurturing skills, life skills training, workforce development, and social/emotional support. A monitoring and assessment component will collect, analyze and report on client- and community-level data in several key areas.