On April 29 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Florence, The Durant Children’s Center held a graduation ceremony for parents who completed the Parent Education/Parent Support (P.E.P.S) training course.
P.E.P.S is one of several community-based training programs for parents offered by the Durant Center and Pee Dee Coalition. The goal of the program is to decrease child maltreatment by teaching parents the necessary skills they need in order to protect their children. Parent Education/Parent Support (PEPS) PEPS is a free, 12-week program for parents of children ranging from birth through twelve years of age. Parents meet for two hours, one night per week, for 12 weeks. Topics of education include self-care, understanding your own wants and needs, positive discipline techniques, anger and stress management, as well as other related topics. Free child care and activities are provided. After a minimum of 10 weeks, each participant receives a certification of completion.
Among those who gave remarks was a prior parent who passionately spoke about challenges they faced with their own family, and how the PEPS course helped improve their parenting skills. The keynote speaker was Durant Children’s Center Lead Advocate, Tawanda Rouse. Additional organizers from the staff included Parenting Coordinator Brittany Graham, P.E.P.S Facilitator Sharon Woodham, and Volunteer Coordinator Krystal Anderson-Jordan. A special gift of thanks was given to intern Fraschell Jefferson for her exceptional service to the center.
Learn more about P.E.P.S and how to sign up here!