Welcome Baby Resource Center Receives $240,000 Grant to Expand the Incredible Years Program in Durham County
Durham, NC – Welcome Baby Resource Center, a leading Durham County Cooperative Extension Program in the field of positive parenting, early childhood development and child abuse prevention, received a $240,000 grant on December 5, 2017. The grant from The Duke Endowment, for the purpose of expanding the Incredible Years Program, will span a three year award period providing $80,000 a year to Welcome Baby.
The goal of the project is to expand Welcome Baby services, by offering workshops such as The Incredible Years Baby (1-11months), The Incredible Years Toddler (1-3years) and The Incredible Years for Children with Autism and Language delays. Money will be allocated to Welcome Baby Resource Center, which will pursue educating families on positive parenting techniques leading to school readiness skills and reduction in child abuse. The project will be headed by Welcome Baby Program Coordinator Patience Mukelabai . Outside consultants Prevent Child Abuse of North Carolina will be contracted for program evaluation services.
“We would like to thank The Duke Endowment for funding the expansion of services offered by Welcome Baby,” said Mukelabai. “These funds will allow Welcome Baby to continue serving Durham families and allow Welcome Baby to be part of setting a strong foundation in the first five years of a child’s life.”
About Welcome Baby Resource Center
The creation of Prevent Child Abuse Durham (PCAD) in 1983 helped in giving birth to Welcome Baby Resource Center. In 1987 PCAD and Durham County Mental Health Center awarded a grant to the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties to help launch Welcome Baby. Welcome Baby has been receiving continued funding from Durham’s Partnership for Children a Smart Start Initiative.
Welcome Baby is a child abuse prevention program that offers services such as parenting workshops, car seat safety classes, and safe sleep workshops. Welcome Baby collaborates with different organizations such as The Durham Rescue Mission, Families Moving Forward and Durham County High Schools. Welcome Baby is also a referral point to organizations such as Durham Connects and Healthy Families.
The Duke Endowment
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.6 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.