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Education For Successful Parenting

Rating: 4.94 stars   72 reviews 3,069

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Mental Health, Health


9016 Tenderfoot Trail Raleigh NC 27615 USA


ESP is improving the health and well-being of children in our communities by educating adolescents about parenting before they conceive the next generation of children. Our goal is to empower young adults with the information and life-planning skills they need to form a healthy family. ESP is working to reduce rates of teen pregnancy, absent fathers, and child abuse.


Among teens who have taken ESP’s courses, 90% report being more willing to wait until adulthood before parenting, and 90% report feeling more prepared to provide for, protect, and nurture a child.

Target demographics:

improve children's well-being

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 1,000 teens.

Geographic areas served:

pre-parenting education


"Healthy Foundations for Future Families" which helps teens learn how their choices today can affect the well-being of their future family.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

The Education for Successful Parenting course that my students went through was a great experience. The information that is passed along through the course and teachings suits my students of every level functionally, educationally, and socially. The course plants the seeds for the students to start to understand the importance of parenting as they mature and grow. I look forward to having the instructors in class again next year.

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The impact of this education is immediately noticeable, as I watched teens both boys and girls go from aloof bystanders to active participants. The modules build on each other and as an observer it is clear to see how the connections are made in the teens minds as they get more actively engaged and seek participation by the end of the course. One can feel the lasting impressions made on the group by reading the comments on the workbook and the lasting relationships built with students.

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I am sItting in a classroom filled with teens and watching them talk honestly about their parents, their experiences, and their lives. Amid the stories of want, neglect, and sometimes violence, I begin to see a nod of understanding, a hand raised to ask a question, and a general shift in the tone and tenor of the whole group. I start to hear talk about planning, responsibility, parenting skills, and finances. I hear voices that speak about hope and achievable dreams not only for themselves but for their future families. This is what EDUCATION FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING provides, the tools and skills to make that dream a possibility. Serving on the board of ESP has given me these moments that say "YES, I can make a difference!" ESP has taught over 200 of these classes on both the East and West coasts and impacted over 6,500 teens, parents, educators, and professionals. This is what ESP can do. Learn more about us on www.eduparents.org.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Education for Successful Parenting provides parenting knowledge and skills to the next generation of this country. The devoted group of instructors is led by a passionate and knowledgeable Executive Director and supported by a diverse, coast-to-coast, engaged Board of Directors.

Delivery of the program is primarily done through local high schools. As the organization continues to grow, more and more youths will be touched with this invaluable information.

For testimonials and other information, please visit The Education for Successful Parenting website here: http://www.eduparents.org/

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It was a great experience having Education for Successful Parenting speakers in my health classroom this year. The activities really engaged my students and the lessons in the workbook were truly meaningful to them. Many of my students even wrote about how much they enjoyed ESP in their final exam essays. I look forward to including ESP as a part of my curriculum for many years to come!

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1 person found this review helpful

What a pleasure it was to have Randi and her team in our classrooms again this year. I love the information shared through her curriculum. We teach the students so many things in school academically (Math, Science, English, etc.) We do our best to prepare them for college. Randi's curriculum goes several steps deeper by preparing them for life! The variety of activities used to present her information on successful parenting kept the students engaged. Randi uses role-playing, video clips, discussion, goal setting, financial planning, positive choice making, group interaction, flip charts, etc. to give students the opportunity to practice and "embed" in their minds, if you will, the material being taught. She also provides the students with a workbook to use over the two-day teaching session that they can write in and keep for future use. There may not be a "book on parenting" but Randi's curriculum comes very close. She provides students with very powerful insight into the preparation needed to be an effective parent in the future and makes them clearly aware of the fact that they ARE NOT READY for the responsibility now. Randi equips and the students enjoy!

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Randi and Courtney are awesome. They were able together to cover a wealth of information over a few short days. Their ability to relate to the students, high schoolers, and engage them in the learning process was far more than we could have hoped for. Randi and Courtney provided a variety of activities to engage the students so that the students were not just passive participants, sitting and drifting away in boredom. Instead they were actively listening and actively participating in the process. Students shared ideas, answered questions and received a take-away booklet to refer to down the road. We (Health teachers and students alike) continue to be blessed by this program. Thanks a bunch ladies! You all are fabulous!!

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It is such a pleasure to support your students' learning, and offer them another context for understanding the importance of healthy decisions during adolescence. We are grateful for your partnership and praise.

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Working with ESP has been such a joy! Not only is the founder, Randi Rubenstein, extremely passionate about what she does, but the entire program is completely amazing. I grew up in a low-income community my from the time I was enrolled in elementary school. I've also grown up in a family where having a child before the age of 20 is the norm. These experiences truly allow me to appreciate what this program does. I remember being in a Parenting and Child Development class during high school copying definitions from a textbook. In fact, one of my fellow classmates, a freshman, was actually pregnant. I feel as if we would have had ESP curriculum incorporated into in the class, it would have made much more of an impact. I have been able to observe what the classroom is like and it has motivated me to continue to spread the word about ESP. The teens are so engaged, attentive, and they genuinely seem interested. I believe that ESP would be beneficial for any high school curriculum, home school student, or even just a program that parents can implement in their child's life. It has been so rewarding to be a part of something that has such an impact on our community!

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Thank you for taking time to write about your impressions of our Healthy Foundations for Future Families high school program and our organization. We are so honored you chose ESP for your internship!

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4 people found this review helpful

Being a new board member, I had the honor of attending a recent session at a local high school. Seeing the program taught reaffirmed my work-to-date with Education for Successful Parenting as being relevant, comprehensive, and influential to general children's well being by focusing on early education for teens. Being a parent myself, I am still amazed the 2-day program is not included in the standard high school curriculum. The interaction between Randi and the teens was genuine, and the ability for the other instructors to seamlessly integrate and present was really powerful to the children I got to observe. Having them immediately drop reservations about the program and open up and interact was also refreshing.

I am proud to commit my time to such a devoted organization, and believe the teens that will be the foundation of our future absorb as much knowledge and information in these two days than any other two-day program in their schooling.

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4 people found this review helpful

I have had the opportunity to intern with ESP and observe high school students participating in the program. ESP teaches teens goal-setting and how to stay on a clear path by making positive choices. Students are provided a workbook that helps them create a personal life plan. The program includes a budgeting component and provides examples of positive discipline strategies for parenting. Students are taught about child development and the responsibilities of protecting children. Through role play students are able to practice making positive choices. I am very impressed by ESP’s unique program and its varied methods. I was able to see first-hand the positive affect it has on teens.

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rrubenstein (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We are so grateful that you chose ESP for your internship! Your assistance and insights have helped strengthen our program and our organization. Thank you for sharing your observations.

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3 people found this review helpful

Randi and her team did an amazing job presenting to our students. They helped reinforce what we taught in the classroom and connected it to their lives. I loved their variety of teaching techniques: role playing, videos, charts and hands on activities. Our students were very engaged during their lessons and they had some very good discussions. I loved that they helped the students focus on their future to help drive their decisions today.

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