Adolescent Parenting Program (APP)

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About This Program

Target Population: First-time pregnant and parenting youth aged 12 to 19 years old, and who must be enrolled in school or a GED-completion program and their children ages birth to 5 years old.

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

APP provides support to first-time pregnant and parenting teens through intensive home visiting and peer group education. Each APP serves a caseload of 15-25 teens that may enter the program at any time during their pregnancy or after their child’s birth. Participants in the program receive monthly home visits using either the Partners for a Healthy Baby or Parents as Teachers home-visiting curriculum, along with 24 hours of prescriptive group education with their peers. Supporting adolescent parents to prevent a repeat pregnancy, complete their high school education, acquire job skills, and improve their parenting skills helps them become self-sufficient and better able to support themselves and their families. It also establishes a strong, stable foundation upon which their child will be raised. By investing in teen parents today, APP strives to protect the future of two generations - the young parents themselves and their babies.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) include:

  • Increase the self-sufficiency outcomes for APP participants by:
    • Increasing the delay of a subsequent pregnancy
    • Increasing graduation from high school with diploma or completion of GED
    • Increasing successful transition to adulthood including enrollment in post-secondary education, vocational training, or employment at a livable wage, and living in safe and stable housing after graduation from APP
  • Improve developmental outcomes for the children of APP participants by:
    • Increasing healthy births
    • Increasing incidence of appropriate discipline, of nurturing behavior, and of children who are well-cared for
    • Increasing age-appropriate physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development, including readiness for school success.

    These goals are evaluated using the following outcome objectives:

    • Less than 3% of APP participants will experience a subsequent pregnancy while participating in APP.
    • Less than 5% of APP participants will drop out of school.
    • More than 65% of APP participants will plan to enroll in post-secondary education or training.

    Contact Information

    Audrey Loper, MPH, MS
    Agency/Affiliation: North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
    Phone: (919) 707-5688
    Fax: (919) 870-4827

    Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

    Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

    Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2013