The Crossroads Program supports teen parents up to age 21 by helping pay a portion of their child care and transportation costs so they can continue their education.
Teen parents who qualify must be:
- Pursuing an education
- Under the age of 21
- Male or female - married or unmarried
- Primary caregiver of the child
- North Dakota resident
- Living in the same house with the child
How the Program Works
Each parent works one-on-one with a Crossroads case manager who will offer ongoing guidance and support.
Together a case manager and parent will:
- Complete an assessment, discuss education goals, and identify any barriers that might prevent achieving education goals
- Develop an education plan that includes an estimated graduation date and progress report
- Meet at least once per month
- Determine transportation allowance
- Monitor involvement in educational activities and provide help if needed (tutoring, etc.)
- Complete a progress report at the end of each semester that may include school staff
Once a parent receives their high school or GED diploma through the Crossroads Program, they qualify for a one-time graduation incentive.
How to Apply
- Complete both the Crossroads Program application and the Child Care Assistance Program application.
- Submit the completed forms to a county social service office.
For more information on the Crossroads Program, contact your local county social service office or direct your questions to the department.
Economic Assistance Policy Division
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2332
Toll Free: (800) 755-2716
ND Relay TTY: (800) 366-6888