Young Parents Program
The Chester County Intermediate Unit’s Young Parents program provides support services to pregnant and parenting students. These services include instruction in prenatal care, labor and delivery, nutrition, growth, child development, consumer skills and life skills.Contact information: Terry Stewart, supervisor, 484-237-5401 or TerrySt@cciu.orgStudents also receive case management services, parent education, vocational counseling, agency referrals, and access and transportation to subsidized child care.
The Young Parents Program also operates the ELECT Fatherhood Initiative, a program specifically designed to meet the needs of teen fathers.In addition, the CCIU operates child care centers for children ages one month to four years old. Two centers are operated in Coatesville and can serve up to a total of 40 children. The program is designed for children of teen parents from Chester County school districts.For more information, please contact the Chester County Intermediate Unit Young Parent’s program at 484-237-5047.What Are Our Goals?
The Young Parents /Project ELECT program is designed to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens.
Our objectives include:
Who Is Eligible?
- To assist young parents to stay in school, or to return to school and graduate.
- To assist young parents to have and raise healthy children.
The program is open to any student or former student who meets the following requirements:
Where Do Students Receive Services?
- Pregnant or parenting, or whose partner is pregnant or parenting
- Under the age of twenty-one
- Interested in staying in school or returning to school
- Resides in a participating school district
Students remain in or enroll in an academic program of their choice within their school district. Program staff meet with students a minimum of once a week.What Services are Provided?
Students are eligible to receive the following services:
Which School Districts Participate in the CCIU Young Parents Program?Currently, 11 school districts in Chester County participate in the CCIU Young Parents program. They include:
- Instruction in prenatal care, postnatal care, labor and delivery, nutrition, growth and development of children, parenting, life skills, career education and case management.
- Information about community resources for health care, legal assistance and other services.
- Referrals to other agencies.
- Transportation to and from school, child care and appointments in the community.
- Access to subsidized child care.
- Use of educational materials and videos.
How Is the Program Funded?
- Avon Grove School District
- Coatesville Area School District
- Downingtown Area School District
- Great Valley School District
- Octorara Area School District
- Owen J. Roberts School District
- Oxford Area School District
- Phoenixville Area School District
- Tredyffrin/Easttown School District
- West Chester Area School District
The Young Parents program is funded with grants from:
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program and the Education Leading to Employment and Career Training
- (ELECT) program
- Participating school districts tuition
- Donations from community groups and private citizens