During the last 25 years, PCAK has delivered parent education through a network of providers across Kentucky. Safe and healthy parenting is central to launching children into successful adult life and is at the very foundation of prevention. Most parents, however, are not provided a “handbook” for discipline, love and support of their children. In fact, a majority of parents learn how to parent from their own parents. What we learn from our parents is not necessarily the tools we need to succeed.

Engaging parents and families through our parent education programs provides them with the tools necessary to improve their parent/child relationship. These tools include:

  • Appropriate Expectations
  • Empathy and Self-Worth
  • Discipline
  • Parent/Child Roles
  • Power and Independence

We promote prevention of abuse and neglect by giving parents the tools and skills to positively impact their children. Improved parenting skills helps parents nurture, care for, and discipline their children into healthy adults. . Healthy parenting is every parent’s legacy for their children.

For more information on Parent Education through Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, please contact DomUnique Thomas at dthomas@pcaky.org

What parents are saying…

  • “I have learned how to give my children choices, and not get in a power struggle with my children. Just walk away. I also learned to have family meetings and involve the children. Most of all, I learned how to talk to my children.”
  • “I have learned so much during my time in parent education classes. I can see a drastic change in my children, and, most of all, I feel like am doing the right things by my children. I think of her as a mentor. The class changed so much for me.”
  • “I feel this parenting class has taught me to be a better parent. I understand them better and know how to care for them better. I would recommend this class for any parent to take on their own.”

What our data says...

Many of the parents we serve did not experience positive parenting when they were children:

  • The participants reported when they were children:
  • 86.65% of their parents yelled at them.
  • 56.46% of their parents hit them.
  • 83.31% of their parents spanked them.
  • 57.76% of their parents threatened them.
  • Since attending the parenting program, participants report:
  • 95.36% believe they are a better parent.
  • 81.28% state their children are happier.
  • 84.91% state they have more people to support them than before.
  • 95.21% report they feel better about themselves.
  • 78.96% report they know more about their child’s behavior.

Regional Parent Education Providers

Children’s Advocacy Center of Green River District
537 S. Green Street
Henderson, KY 42420

Chrysalis House
1589 Hill Rise Drive
Lexington, KY 40504

Families First Family Resource Center
152 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Danville, KY 40422

Family Enrichment Center
113 Adams Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Family Nurturing Center
8275 Ewing Blvd.
Florence, KY 41042

Harlan FRYSC
420 E. Central Street
Harlan, KY 40831

Home of the Innocents
1100 E. Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206

Kentucky State University: SKY Families
IMANI Family Life Center
1555 Georgetown Road
Lexington, KY 40511

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency/ Head Start
23 Industry Drive
Jamestown, KY 42642

LKLP Community Action Council
398 Roy Campbell Drive
Hazard, KY 41773

The Nest- Center for Women, Children, and Families
530 N. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40508

The Sunshine Center
212 Steele Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Cumberland River Behavioral Health/ TriCo Mentoring
1203 American Greeting Road
Corbin, KY 40702