The Young Parents Program (YPP) at LAYC is a fun way to build your parenting skills. Participants attend dynamic, interactive workshops where they work closely with a parent educator as well as learn from their peers in either the Prenatal or Parenting workshop series.

All participants in the Young Parents program work individually with a case manager to establish personal and family goals, and work toward achieving them. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to attend special events such as mentor lunches, fatherhood activities, holiday celebrations, field trips and family celebrations.

Prenatal Series

In the Prenatal Series, young parents who are expecting learn to navigate their new roles as mothers and fathers, and begin establishing positive connections with their babies that will carry through birth. Class topics include fetal development, prenatal nutrition, labor and delivery, relaxation, preparing for the baby, basic infant care, and sleeping and soothing techniques for newborns.

Parenting Series

In the Parenting Series, participants explore parenting styles, reflect on personal experiences, think critically about what it means to be a good mother and father, and practice modeling positive behaviors for their children. YPP uses the Parenting Journey curriculum, a strengths-based program designed to help young parents learn about themselves and their relationships while learning to navigate the resources they need to parent effectively.

Participant Benefits:

  • Classes offered in English and in Spanish
  • Stipend (weekly, monthly?)
  • Free hot meals during workshops
  • Child Care during workshops
  • SmarTrip Cards
  • Mentor events
  • Family celebrations


  • Mothers and fathers between the ages of 11 to 24
  • Able to attend all program workshops
  • Resident of Washington D.C.

LAYC DC Site, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.


Kelsey Norton, Parent Educator/Case Manager,, (202) 768-8017.

Sponsored and funded by DHHS-Administration for Children and Families and DHS-Income Maintenance Administration. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.