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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: MAY 7, 2007


The State Board of Education approved grants last week from the NC Children's Trust Fund to 14 local programs that are designed to prevent child abuse and strengthen parenting skills. The grants, totaling $499,875 and ranging from $7,500 to $152,935, are for one year and will serve families across North Carolina through a variety of programs. (A link to the complete list of recipients and program descriptions is provided at the end of this news release.)

Recipients were selected from 40 applicants through a competitive process that evaluated each program application based on several criteria, including its effectiveness, utilization of community resources and plan for dissemination of the program for implementation in other communities

"The impact of child maltreatment is far greater than its immediate, visible effects," said State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee. "Early experiences in a child's life can affect development and have consequences that last throughout their life. Children do well when their parents do well. The programs receiving grants this week will help more North Carolina parents and children do well."

For at-risk parents, the Trust Fund program provides an important opportunity to improve their parenting skills and to strengthen their families. There are many success stories from the programs funded by the NC Children's Trust Fund. For example, Mrs. Strong, a single mom with four young children, came to SAFEchild in Raleigh, looking for support and information about parenting. She had recently left an abusive relationship and had been struggling with her 6-year-old daughter who has many developmental delays. Mrs. Strong attended every session of "The Nurturing Program," a parent education program funded by The NC Children's Trust Fund, and received much support from staff as well as the other parents in attendance. She credits the program with helping her respond more appropriately to misbehavior in her children and has stronger skills in building all of her children's self-esteem. She feels she has become a better mother. Mrs. Strong wrote on her final evaluation, "I have something to look forward to every day, a new day of discovery and learning with my kids. This class has helped me realize again how wonderful it is to be a mom and that I am an important part of their development and growth into a great part of society."

The projects funded will use proven strategies to engage families in learning to strengthen family bonding and communication and to support parents in being a positive influence in their child's life. Projects funded include: Catawba Healthy Families, KidSCope of Orange and Chatham Counties, Healthy Families Durham, Domestic Violence Shelter & Services in Wilmington, Tedi Bear Children's Advocacy Center covering 29 counties in Eastern NC, The NC PAT Network, Journey Institute: Escuela de la Familia in Northern Durham, NC Medical Society Alliance: 2007 Symposium on Adolescent Development, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Stepping Stones Home Visiting in Cabarrus County, SAFEchild in Wake County, Chatham Co. Parent Empowerment Program,Vance County Coop Extension Parenting Coordination and Wayne County First Steps.

One of the sources of funding for the Children's Trust Fund is the sale of specialized "KIDS FIRST" license plates, which can be purchased from local Department of Motor Vehicles offices. To find out more about The Children's Trust Fund and how you can support this important work, go to or call the NC Department of Public Instruction Division of Communications and Information at 919.807.3450.

Complete list of Award Recipients (pdf, 512kb)

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.