Building Social Skills at Yates Baptist Child Development Center

Recently, our friends and supporters at the Forest at Duke, granted us vital monies to expand our services to a preschool classroom at Yates Baptist Child Development Center on Chapel Hill Road in Durham. Melissa Bent, Exchange Family Center Early Childhood Outreach (EChO) Consultant and Janelle Fenwick (a speech therapist with Express Yourself NC) work closely together to deliver a 10 week therapeutic Building Social Skills pilot program for targeted children from the Pre-K classroom. The weekly therapeutic group is then expounded upon later in the same week with the rest of the class. The follow up session is led by the Exchange Family Center’s EChO consultant and is aimed at building the preschoolers social skills and takes the material from the social skills group to everyday use in the classroom.

Becoming an ACEs Informed Community

Durham Board of County Commissioners recently voted on a resolution to support actions to become an adverse childhood experience (ACEs) informed community. Together with child abuse prevention organizations and Durham County government, a community resilience plan will be developed to help families and children cultivate the resiliency to tackle traumatic childhood experiences - improving both their physical and mental health. Learn more.