Emotional and Developmental Support for Triangle Families
Whether you find yourself screening a child for developmental issues or seeking medication-free treatment, many Triangle resources offer quality support systems for parents and guardians who need them.
Project Enlightenment, located in Raleigh, is an early childhood education and intervention program focused on children ages birth-5. Part of the Wake County Public School System, Project Enlightenment offers support in five different service areas, whichfocus on educating, counseling and extending resources to families, teachers and caregivers. Project Enlightenment also provides free developmental screenings for children designed to help parents understand their next steps and whether an official evaluation is necessary. Counseling services are also available in Spanish.
The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary provides mental health care for children in the Triangle and offers treatment options that include parent counseling, individual therapy and a school for ages 3 through grade 5. The center's employees work with families who have children under age 12 to help manage minor issues, such as toilet training, to significant emotional conditions requiring an individualized treatment program. The Lucy Daniels Center also provides Spanish language and need-based programs.
The Shore Grief Center in Wake Forest provides peer-based grief support and art therapy for children ages 6 and older. The center provides groups that can help children and teens cope with any type of death, as well as programs for adults who have experienced the loss of a child or are dealing with a loss due to suicide. Learn more at theshoregriefcenter.org.
The Big Sib Mentoring program in Durham is for at-risk children ages 6-16 who are involved with the Department of Social Services. As part of the Volunteer Center of Durham, the program pairs troubled youths with mature and positive role models to foster each child's personal and academic growth.
For more parenting support resources and services, visit carolinaparent.com/directories/parentsupport.php.
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Photos provided by Project Enlightenment (at top) and The Lucy Daniels Center (at bottom).