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Penquis Receives Grant to Increase Parenting Skills

July 23, 2014

Bangor—Penquis recently received a $7,750 grant from the Maine Children’s Trust to offer the Nurturing Program for Teen Parents and Their Young Children to pregnant and parenting young women 14-21 years of age.

The Nurturing Program decreases risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect by helping families to gain self-awareness and empowerment, increase knowledge of parenting and child development, and promote healthy social and emotional development. Two 16-week sessions will be offered. An estimated 23 youth will participate.

“In many cases, pregnant and parenting teens do not have stable homes, adequate support, or positive adult role models in their lives,“ said Wendy Pace, division manager of Penquis Early Childhood, Youth and Family Services. “The Nurturing Program helps youth to increase beliefs and behaviors associated with healthy parenting practices.”

The curriculum teaches participants how to handle feelings, communicate needs, be empathic, handle stress and anger, gain a sense of personal power and positive self-esteem, and replace hitting and yelling with more effective discipline techniques. The program’s effectiveness has been recognized by several national agencies and organizations, including the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Child Welfare League of America, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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