Teen +

Published On 01/10/2013

As part of a $4.2 million dollar project funded by the U.S. Department of Health, the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth’s (OECY) Teen+ initiative is a three-year collaborative project focused on reducing the teen pregnancy rate.

Tennessee was one of only 17 states to receive funding and is the only state to focus all its funding in one area. Teen+ involves more than 10 partners in Shelby County, including Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being.

Using social workers located in Memphis City Schools, more than 300 pregnant or parenting teenagers are recruited and tracked as they receive prenatal care and other pregnancy and parenting support services through the Early Success Coalition Network (ESCN).

Through ESCN, participants in Teen+ have access to the network’s more than 70 partners – organizations that provide services such as case management, home visitation, parenting education, Head Start and Pre-K.

For more information, please call (901) 287-4700.