Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina receives $50,000 grant from Eshelman Foundation

From the press release:

Raleigh, NC – Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) today announced it is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Eshelman Foundation. This is the third year PCANC has received support from the foundation for its work in local communities across North Carolina. The grant will allow PCANC to support local community organizations implementing the Circle of Parents Program, Strengthening Families Program 6-11, and The Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Program. All three programs are backed by extensive research showing they are effective in strengthening families and reducing child abuse and neglect.

With the support of the Eshelman Foundation, PCANC will provide community organizations with coaching, technical assistance, and ongoing training and support necessary to deliver the programs effectively. To be most effective, the programs must be delivered as originally designed. “We know that when parents have the support and knowledge they need, the outcomes are better for children,” said Rosie Allen Ryan, PCANC president and CEO. “Research also tells us that high quality programs cannot occur without well-trained, well-prepared practitioners. With the support of partners like the Eshelman Foundation, we can continue to help local communities effectively and successfully deliver programs that are making a difference for families across our state.”

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with PCANC,” said Kimberly Eshelman Batten, executive director of the Eshelman Foundation. “These programs are critical to the future success of our state. When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships they are more likely to be successful in school and grow up to become healthy, contributing members of their communities.”

Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that lets parents share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. Social connections – a group of supportive friends, family, and neighbors – have been identified as one of the protective factors that keep families strong and prevent abuse.

Strengthening Families Program 6-11 is an evidence-based family skills training program that improves parenting skills, enhances family relationships, and increases children’s social and life skills. The curriculum focuses on enhancing parent-child relationships and family communication. Facilitators work with both parents and children individually and as a family.

The Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Program is an evidence-based program that fosters healthy development in young children by strengthening parenting skills and promoting effective strategies for managing children’s challenging behaviors. Parents learn the basics of parenting: playing with their children, offering praise and rewards, creating household rules, and use of positive discipline strategies. PCANC supports implementation of the Preschool/Early Childhood BASIC series for parents of children ages 3 to 6 years old and the School Age BASIC series for parents of children ages 6 to 12 years old.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Through collaboration with partners across North Carolina, PCANC works with communities to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships for all children. For more information about PCANC contact Maureen McKeon, Director of Communications at or (919) 256-6616.

The Eshelman Foundation was started in 2008. It is a private family foundation that aims to help children in need. Based in Wilmington, NC the Eshelman Foundation focuses on children’s healthcare and educational causes in the United States. For more information, visit


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