Wake Ed

Raleigh families will learn positive parenting skills from $2 million grant

Project Enlightenment has received a $2 million grant from the John Rex Endowment to help more than 27,000 Raleigh families with young children improve their parenting skills.

The new grant announced Wednesday will allow Project Enlightenment, which is part of the Wake County school system, to train18 community agencies in the use of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. Triple P is an internationally recognized program that stresses the use of positive parenting strategies to help raise confident, healthy children.

“It’s so wonderful to bring this to Raleigh,” said Audrey Bunch, director of Project Enlightenment, an early childhood education and intervention program that serves teachers and parents of young children from ages birth through kindergarten. “It’s a great opportunity for young families.”

Bunch said Triple P is needed because many children enter kindergarten without the basic social, emotional, and behavioral skills needed to succeed. Triple P helps parents manage their child's behavior, emotions and development in a way that isn't hurtful.

Bunch said the three-year grant is targeting 27,572 families with young children in Raleigh. She said parents will be reached by the 18 community groups that include nonprofit agencies that already provide social, mental health, healthcare and education services for families.

Kevin Cain, the president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment, said in a written statement that the grant is part of the five-year plan the group announced in April to help children and families in Wake County live healthier lives.

In August, the John Rex Endowment gave a $219,700 grant to York Elementary School in North Raleigh to pay for the construction of an interactive outdoor playground and track. The school broke ground on the playground last week.