Teen parents, women, fathers and families in Yakima, Franklin, Grant and Adams counties will benefit from a $6 million federal grant announced Wednesday.
The grant will pay for the Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers and Their Families project, with services focused on the four-county region. The region has high teen pregnancy and birth rates and below-average on-time graduation rates, a news release said.
Services paid for by the grant will range from help for teen parents completing their high school educations, to developmental screenings for children, to support for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, the release said.
"Protecting Washington families must be a top priority. This grant helps connect families to the services they need to thrive," state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in the release.
His office is a partner in the grant, along with the state Department of Health, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Seattle-based nonprofit WithinReach.
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs also are participating in the project, the news release said.
The project will run from this year to 2017.