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Founded in 1976, the Thresholds Mothers Project provides comprehensive assistance to mothers with mental health challenges and their children. Parents in our program are working to provide safe, healthy and nurturing environments for their children, while also receiving support with mental illness, homelessness, and/or the effects of abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences, As most are also making the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, The Mothers Project focuses on the acquisition of independent living skills, in addition to providing education and support to develop healthy parenting skills.


The Mothers Project Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides a comprehensive array of services to 17-21 year-old pregnant and parenting young women with mental health challenges who are referred by DCFS or DJJ. The TLP includes 24-hour staffed residences where young mothers and their children live together, and receive support and guidance at the moments when it is most needed. Additionally, Mothers Project TLP residents receive case management, individual and group therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training, psychiatry and medication management support, Parent Education, and IPS Supported Employment and Education services, as well as crisis intervention when needed.

The Building Flourishing Families (BFF) component of the Mothers Project TLP provides the same comprehensive services for young mothers, ages 16-23, who are experiencing homelessness.

Most mothers in the Parenting TLP also utilize the Mothers Project Early Learning Center for daycare, to assist with both the parents’ own goals and their children’s development.


The Mothers Project PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Program provides support to families with parents of any age who are experiencing mental health struggles and homelessness through comprehensive case management services, assistance with housing access benefits attainment, and psychiatry. PATH involved mothers also have access to our Employment Specialist, and those with young children are offered Parent Education and access to our Early Learning Center for their children.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact the program at 773-537-3293.


The Thresholds Mothers Project Early Learning Center (ELC) is a specialized daycare for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a focus on Early Childhood Mental Health. With the Creative Curriculum as the foundation, the ELC provides a safe and fun environment that supports individual learning and development. Parents of 0-3 year old children receive home visiting with parent education and coaching using the Parents as Teachers model. The parent coaching supports mothers in developing growth-producing relationships with their children by increasing their knowledge of child development and of effective parenting practices, identifying and building on parent, child and family strengths, and focusing on parent-child healthy interactions.

The Early Learning Center is open to the public and takes referrals from families that meet low income threshold requirements.

The Thresholds Mothers Project was added to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare in 2016. This website ranks programs in child welfare based on research evidence. To see our listing on the CEBC4CW website, click here.

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