SDE: Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Grant

Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Grant

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The Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens (SPPT) Grant is a school-based grant program available in five Connecticut school districts with the highest teen pregnancy and school dropout rates (Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven and Waterbury).  The programs are located in comprehensive high schools serving students in grades 9-12, with a focus on improving the health, education and social outcomes for pregnant and parenting students and their children.  The main goal is to increase school retention and graduation rates.
What's New!
  • Connecticut's work with pregnant and parenting teens featured on national Web site.
About SPPT
  • Program Overview [PDF]
  • Participant Agreement [PDF]
  • Medical Intake Form [PDF]
  • Staff Roles [PDF]
Community Partners

Quick Links 

Select resource link for you:

Shelby Pons, MSW
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT  06457
Susan Radway, Ed.D.
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT  06457
Teens Speak!

Isaac's Story

"I can honestly say that I understand what it means to be a good father and this was possible because of the Supports for Pregnant and Parenting Teens programs."  Learn more about Isaac and his journey to understanding his role as a father.

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Isaac's Story
Waterbury Public Schools

Supporting Young Fathers, too!

The SPPT Program showed me that there was help and support for people like me, young fathers unsure of what is to come.  It has become my second home, a place to talk about my feelings and get advice on becoming a father.  The dad's group helped me find connections and so I can find a job.

When I started school, my grades weren't great, but in the last several months, with help from the SPPT Tutors, my grades in all my classes have improved.  I now feel confident in my schoolwork and what I can accomplish after high school.  I am happy that once my daughter is born, I have learned enough to be a great father.

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Marc's Story
New Britain High School
11th Grade

Eunice and Shaylah Attend College

Read about Eunice and Shaylah, teen moms from New Haven who graduated at the top of their class and are now attending Wilson College, a college in Pennsylvania with on-campus housing and day care for parenting students.

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Eunice's Story     Shaylah's Story   

Milton's Story
Read about Milton, a young Dad from Bridgeport, and his dedication to raising his son and being the "best father in the world."

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Milton with his son
Bridgeport, CT

As Young Mothers
Poem written by Laura, teen parent, Waterbury
As young mothers, the challenges we face
May seem like we're in a race
School then baby, even work
So much makes me want to go berserk
The judging stares of people that don't know
May be hard to overthrow
But we love our children, through and through
And WE know that everything we do
Will be worth it, although challenging now
And sometimes we don't even know how
We'll get through the day fully intact
Our actions today will make an impact
We love our children, and I'm so proud
That this program can help us keep our ground.

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Laura with her daughter Abigail
Waterbury, CT


Content Last Modified on 2/20/2015 4:01:35 PM