Since March 2009, Cornerstone Families Understanding Nurturing Program has served over 300 families in its nurturing parenting program, offering two fifteen week class session per year. Cornerstone Families Understanding Nurturing (FUN) is a program designed to help at risk families recognize destructive patterns, break these habits and replace them with positive, rewarding nurturing family skill and relationships.



Cornerstone Understanding Nurturing Program (FUN), provide two series of classes to serve families in Beaufort C0unty. Classes are provided in the spring (March- June) and fall (August – November) months.

Cornerstone FUN Programs is designed to provide parental and sibling interaction with a nationally recognized parenting curriculum; designed to help parents and children recognize destructive nurturing habits patterns, break these habits and replace them with positive, rewarding nurturing family relationships.

 The classes utilizes the infant/preschool, pre-adolescence, and adolescence nurturing curriculum developed by Fran B. Kaplan, MSW, Ed .D. and Dr. Steven Balolek, from UNC-Greensboro, NC.


The Curriculum is developed from a strong philosophical basis that supports the growth and development of parents and children as caring people who treat themselves, others, and the environment with respect and dignity. This curriculum is the result of 30 years of research on family dynamics and the conditions that produce and accompany destructive family patterns.

The Families Understanding Nurturing Program is staffed by caring trained facilitators for all classes, child care and transportation providers, food service providers, a Program Administrator and Program Executive Director.

Two- parent facilitators interact during meal time observing participating families and documenting parent/child interactions.

Child facilitators conduct age appropriate children group session in which children will be exposed to age appropriate activates that foster new socialization skills, as needed.

Transportation is provided for all families who would be unable to attend because of the lack transportation.

The program began each week with a hot nutritious meal prepared and served by food preparation workers and other volunteers. Snacks are also provided at the mid-way point of the class sessions.

The Program Director and Program Administrator monitor the classes and assist when needed. The following is an overview of the program activities:


Cornerstone (FUN) Programs Morals and Values:

  • Positive Self Worth:

    A positive self-worth is critical to the ability to nurture one’s self, others, and the environment. Parent and children who treat themselves with respect will in turn treat others with respect.

  • Empathy

    Empathy forms the foundation of Nurturing Parenting. It is the ability to be aware of the needs of others, and to take positive actions on the behalf of others.

  • Empowerment & Strong Will

    Children need to be empowered to make good choices and wise decisions through the use of their strong will and personal power. Developing a strong sense of personal power is a necessary element in becoming a nurturing individual.

  • Structure and Discipline

    Discipline is the practice of teaching children to be respectful, cooperative, & contributing members to a family & society. Harsh & abusive language, hurting touch,& punishment are views as promoting rebellious & acting out behaviors

  • Laughter, Humor and Play

    Humor, laughter, and fun promote happiness in families, an optimistic view of life, and outlet for stress reduction, and the chance to make living together as a family enjoyable. A happy child is an easier child to parent than a child with a negative, hostile attitude.

Cornerstone (FUN) Program’s Centers On

Five Parenting Constructs:

Nurturing parenting construct are a set of parental attitudes and behaviors that play a very significant role in child rearing.

  • Appropriate Expectations

    Nurturing parents understand that a child is not just a short adult, but rather a person whose body and brain are still under construction. 

  • Empathy

    The ability to recognize, understand and honor the needs, feelings, individual viewpoints and preferences of others- even when these are varies different from one’s own.

  • Non-violent Discipline

    Parents have to control or guide the behavior of children in order to protect them from dangers, and to teach them the cultural norms and behaviors necessary to live as one adult among many within the group.

  • Appropriate Family Roles

    Proper family roles means that parents take care of children, not children taking care of parents. 

  • Power and Independence

    When children’s power & independence are oppressed, they are not allowed to challenge, to voice opinions, or to have choices, but rather are told to “do what they are told to do” without question. This demand for compliance to parental authority has many limitations: 


Register for class

Cornerstone Famlies Understanding Nurturing Program (FUN),

provide two series of classes to serve families within the county. Classes are provided in the spring (March- June) and fall

(August – November) months.


Download and fill out the application below by clicking the purple box. Return application or mail back to the addresses listed on the form.


Register online by clicking the blue next button below

On the first evening of the program, families arrive at around 5:45 pm for dinner.

Dinner is started promptly at 6:00pm with thanksgiving for the meal.

At 6:30pm everyone disbursed to their appropriate classes.

On the very first night of class orientation of  policies and information is presented to all participates

Let’s get acquainted, meet and greet

After orientation a Pre-test is administered by the facilitator. This test is graded and scores are logged to be compared at the completion of the program.

For the first hour all classes are divided, after break pre-adolescent parents and children and adolescents parents and children come together and participate in class together for about 30 minutes.

At the end of the class session each class has a home work assignment to bring back for the next session.

At the end of the ten weeks session a graduation program is done to celebrate the accomplishments of the families who complete the program.  This celebration is attended by the County leaders and agencies that made referrals to the program as well as other family members and friends, local newspapers and guest. Awards, certificates and gifts are presented by staff to parents and children. After the awards ceremony a celebration meal is enjoyed by all in attendance.

Bring Nurturing To Your Area! 

Nurturing Parenting Three (3) Day Seminar
Facilitator Training

Conducted By:
Cornerstone Families Understanding
Nurturing Programs

Cost: $300 Per Registration
 Includes: All Class Materials , Supplies &
Break Refreshments

Contact us for class dates.



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