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Pregnant and parenting teens

By Kate Nelson on Apr 1, 2010 03:54 PM

An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Philadelphia teenagers are mothers. According to Project U-Turn, about 70 percent are not likely to graduate due to demands of raising children, finances, lost academic time, and lack of child care.

The District and its Project U-Turn partners have countered these challenges with several strategies, including a public awareness campaign, programs with more flexible academic scheduling, on-site child care programs, and teen parent classrooms in 27 schools designed to help students graduate and transition to a career. 

Administered by the District, ELECT/CTC (Education Leading to Employment and Career Training/Cradle to Classroom) Teen Parent Classrooms is an initiative of the state’s departments of education and public welfare. Run by Communities in Schools, it provides teen parents with academic and social service supports, individualized case management, group sessions, and home visits. 

About 1,000 of the city’s pregnant and parenting teens use the classrooms. Others enroll in one of the Multiple Pathways to Graduation programs, such as the Educational Options Programs (EOPs), which offer late afternoon and evening classes for working parents or those with child care issues during the day.  

Students can also enter one of the District’s accelerated schools, which allow them to earn credits at a more intense pace. But some have long waiting lists. Slots at Fairhill Community High School, an accelerated school that has an on-site day care center, are quickly filled. 

The District has also partnered with Project U-Turn’s Pregnant & Parenting Teens Subcommittee on a poster campaign targeted to dropouts among this group.   

Posters are now being delivered to public health centers and other sites, encouraging young parents to visit the Re-engagement Center to reconnect to school and receive a child care referral. 

“We recognize that it can be hard to get back in or stay in school once a teen becomes pregnant,” said Colleen McCauley, PCCY’s health director. 

“But over 90 percent of pregnant and parenting girls get prenatal care. So 750 posters will go where they are, trying to catch kids who have left school,” she said.

Comments (16)

Submitted by carlos aponte (not verified) on April 19, 2010 3:33 pm

hi my name is carlos aponte and i am looking information about those 27 schools that help pregnant teenegers..please help me with the information so i can help my 17 yrs old douther...tku 215 571 9898

Submitted by Erika Owens (not verified) on April 20, 2010 6:41 pm

Hi Carlos. Thanks for the question. Your best bet is to call Project U-Turn's hotline at 1-877-TURN-180. They should be able to point you in the right direction.


Submitted by struggling teen parenting tips (not verified) on May 26, 2010 5:36 am

Informative post with useful information. This organization has taken a very good move to help troubled teenagers with helpful and needy services. In order to help these teenagers is to guide them on various with various awareness programs that can help to know more about the pregnancy and parenting.

Submitted by celina (not verified) on July 16, 2011 10:32 pm

hi my name is celina and iam 14 and pregnant i have always been a straight a " student but my first time i made a mystake and got pregnant and now i dont know were im goin to school next year because iam scared that i will be harrased anyone have any information for me ? you can contact me on facebook my email is thankyou for your help sincerely , celina

Submitted by Teach (not verified) on July 17, 2011 12:35 am

Good luck to you, Celina. No matter what it takes, you MUST graduate from high school and go on to college. Many other single mothers have done it and by posting your message, it's obvious you're strong and smart enough to do that. It's dangerous to delay too long - you might lose your momentum and that would be a tragedy.

Have your parents call the school district. I believe there are special programs for young mothers-to-be, or pregnant teens who have decided to unselfishly allow their babies to be adopted by people who can truly give them a much better life.

Submitted by M. Richardson (not verified) on November 14, 2011 11:35 pm


There is an 1 day intensive parenting boot camp coming up in 2012. Its for teen parents who want to move forward in life. Please submit your contact information to and they will add you to the mailing list for an invitation.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 31, 2013 2:11 am
I am a pregnant teen. I'm 17 in the 10th grade going to the 11th.But that's not what I want, I will like to get to my grade that I am suppose to be in, which is the 11th going to the 12th. Or even graduate earlier if I could. My Mother and I have tried so many other ways to get me where I need to be but nothing is helping out.I go to Kensington Urban Education Academy. I really just want to know if you can help me get into my right grade so I wont have to do an extra year and then still have to work and take care of my unborn child. I just really need help and more support and I hope its not too much for you but please help.Thank You !
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 12, 2014 5:10 pm
Im 17 about to be 18 (in a month ) and i just found out im pregnant. I just finished junior year in high school and i most defenitely want to finish and graduate. I'm lost and i dont know what to do , I'm scared to go to the same school because i dont want other people to judge me and talk about me .. Please HElP ?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 1, 2014 9:15 pm
Im 17 i have a 1 year old daughter and i only did my 9th grade year of school its not that i dont wanna go or im not smart its just that i have no support and no one is willing to watch my child while i go to school so i had to drop out , i got kicked out my moms house im bouncing back and forth from house to house i dont really have no help but i wanna be successful in life i wanna get my diploma and head off to collage but me not having a baby sitter is really holding me back her father is locked up so im really backed up against a wall please help
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 1, 2014 9:00 pm
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 18, 2015 6:11 am
I'm a desperate mother of a 15 year old pregnant teen she is currently attending Boone witch is a behavioral school. I need her out of that school asap those girl is fighting my daughter I just left the hospital checking to make sure her n the baby is ok is there any schools located in Philadelphia pa for teen mom's please please I'm desperate to get my daughter out that school she is not safe there help me please

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