PEARLS is a positive youth development program for young women who are pregnant or parenting. 

PEARLS enables pregnant and parenting high school students to succeed as students and parents. It offers teen parents a support system as they learn how to balance the competing responsibilities of parenthood and education. Through PEARLS, pregnant and parenting teens learn about healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery; managing stress; infant and child development, positive parenting skills and discipline strategies; child care and safety; healthy relationships, co-parenting, and positive communications; reproductive health; and postsecondary education and careers.

PEARLS is an acronym that stands for:

P | Parenting

E | Education


R | Responsive

L | Life

S | Skills

Sample sessions from the curriculum include:

  • Goal-Setting
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships
  • Contraception 101
  • Stress and You and Baby, Too
  • Safety First, Prevent the Worst 

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