Pregnant and Teen Parents

The School District of Philadelphia has an established goal of providing pregnant and parenting students with supports and services they need to succeed as successful parents, students and citizens. The School District strives to address the needs of its large urban youth population in the areas of education, social service, health care support referral to childcare services, and preparation for employment through its ELECT initiative.

The ELECT program is a statewide initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Education and is facilitated locally through a partnership with Communities in Schools in Philadelphia, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia, and Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

The program provides educational and social services support, along with parenting skills training, to pregnant and parenting teens via home visits. It operates in various Comprehensive High Schools and Alternative Education sites.

ELECT helps participants

Improve Graduation rates
Improve daily attendance
Improve progress on Standardized Tests

ELECT helps pregnant and parent teens acquire important knowledge and skills in the following:

Community Resources/Legal Issues
Career Preparation
Parenting Education
Life Skills