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Ex-Project Enlightenment counselors helping parents

Three former parent counselors from Project Enlightenment have struck out on their own to help parents.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Back in the spring, many of you were following the news of Project Enlightenment, which at the time provided all kinds of counseling for parents of babies to rising kindergartners.

But faced with a $20 million budget shortfall, the Wake school board in April cut 68 positions in the school's central services office. That included nine long-time counselors at Project Enlightenment.
It was a major blow to the center, which still provides resources for parents including a library and a production area where you can make crafts and educational games for kids. Go to Project Enlightenment's website to learn more about what the center continues to offer.

For many, the help they received from the parent counselors at the center in downtown Raleigh was critical as they struggled with issues with their children.

Well, there is good news for parents looking for another resource. Three of the parent couselors - Karen Buchanan, Michelle Chachkes and Toqui Kennedy - opened N.C. Parent Consultants in June. The three provide parent consultation; workshops for parents and providers; and onsite workshops for organizations. One workshop is scheduled at Endeavor Charter School this month. Click here for details.

They can help with everything from sleep issues and toilet training to discipline and homework battles to family stress and bullying.

And for the next couple of weeks, they'll be sharing some tips with Go Ask Mom readers on how to get your kids ready for school - from preschoolers to high schoolers.

Stay tuned tomorrow. And go to N.C. Parent Consultant's website for more details about what they offer.

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