Places and Spaces for Children in Wake County

The John Rex Endowment has awarded $1.9 Million to transform community settings into vibrant places that support children's positive mental health. The Natural Learning Initiative will work together with the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy, the Lucy Daniels Center, Marbles Kids Museum, and Wake County Salvation Army's Project CATCH to select and renovate nine demonstration sites in Wake County. 

This collaborative project is rooted in an integrated plan developed by community stakeholders through a process led by the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. The project partners will combine their expertise in creative play, mental health, family needs, child development, policy, and design to improve specific children's places in Wake County where the highest populations of vulnerable children spend their time.