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Enlace Project

Enlace Project


What is the Enlace Project?

The Enlace Project (“enlace” meaning link or bond in Spanish) supports the academic, economic, social, emotional, and health needs of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and families in Washington. Started in 2013, it is funded by a four-year, $6 million federal grant from the Office of Adolescent Health.

Focus Populations

  • Young people (ages 13-24)
  • Latina/Latino communities, including indigenous communities and migrant farm workers
  • Washington counties with the highest teen birth rates: Yakima, Grant, Adams, and Franklin

Key Goals

  • Increase community capacity to serve these populations
  • Increase clients’ access to and use of resources
  • Increase early learning quality and cultural relevance
  • Empower local and state stakeholders to address barriers and
    to sustain services

Highlights and Accomplishments

The Enlace Project has served over 1300 expectant and parenting participants and over 1600 children through parenting classes and home visiting, childcare centers, and developmental screenings. Download a factsheet for more accomplishments and information.

Learn more about the positive impact of GRADS programs on pregnant and parenting teens. 


Dedicated partners across the state work together to implement the goals of the Enlace Project:


For more information about the Enlace Project, contact Paulina Alanis at the Department of Health.