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Positive Parenting

CCE Albany helps families thrive in a variety of ways. Our parenting education programs provide researched-based parenting strategies to help parents/caregivers enhance their parenting skills, and develop a deeper understanding of how their personal and parenting knowledge affects their children.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Albany County offers parenting education for parents/caregivers of babies – teens. These programs are open to the public and free to attend.

Current program offerings:

Magic Years Flyer November/December 2021

Middle Years Flyer November/December 2021

The Tween/Teen Years November/December 2021

Workshops can also be provided for community partners in a series or in topic-specific workshops.To receive more information or schedule a workshop, contact CCE Resource Educator Maria DeLucia-Evans at 518.765.3559 or mkd59@cornell.edu.


1.  Parenting in Times of Stress: Raising Resilient Kids

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County to help parents/caregivers manage the impact of stressful events on families. We will discuss ways to address children’s fears, create structure around daytime schedules, and use positive discipline strategies (even when we are feeling frustrated). We will also share strategies to help children manage stress and develop resilience, self-respect, and a positive self-image—their armor against the challenges of the world.

2.  Parenting in Times of Stress: Raising Resilient Teens

Whether it’s managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or negotiating other stressful life events, life’s unpredictability can create parenting challenges as we strive to raise healthy teens. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County to discuss strategies that can help parents/caregivers manage the impact of stressful events on teens and families. We will discuss ways to improve family communication, create a better understanding of teen challenges, and support adolescent growth. We will also share strategies to help teens manage stress and develop resilience, self-respect, and a positive self-image—their armor against the challenges of the world.

3.  Improving Family Communication

Developing healthy, trusting communication can be a challenge for any family. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County to learn how to get your kids talking and keep the conversation going. For younger kids – teens, we will discuss positive communication strategies that help kids open up and reduce family conflict. Learn strategies and practical ways to develop stronger family connections that make the tougher parts of parenting and discipline easier and more rewarding.

4.  The Magic Years

The Magic Years is a four-part, researched-based parent education program for parents/caregivers of children from birth – 4-years-old. This program may be in offered in a full-series, or in topic-specific workshops.

Topics include strategies on how to manage parent and child stress, understand the stages of child development, and how to best support these stages. We will discuss how to set up (or better manage) routines surrounding bedtime, bathing, family meals and toilet training. We will also better understand parenting styles, and learn strategies for positive discipline tools that really work. Join us to discuss parenting strategies that are positive, supportive, and provide you with valuable information on best practices for you and your children. This program will also include resources and information relevant to the potential impact of COVID-19 on parenting and children.

5.  The Middle Years

The Middle Years is a four-part, researched-based parent education program for parents/caregivers of children ages 5 – 10. This program may be in offered in a full-series, or in topic-specific workshops.

This researched-based parenting program helps parents/caregivers with children from ages 5 – 10 enhance their parenting skills. This program will assist participants, who are experts on their families, in developing a deeper understanding of how their personal and parenting knowledge and behavior affects their children. Topics include managing parent and child stress, understanding parenting styles, raising responsible children, improving family communication and strengthening family relationships. This program will also include helpful family activities, and activities for parents/caregivers to share with their youth.

6.  The Tween/Teen Years

The Tween/Teen Years is a four-part, researched-based parent education program for parents/caregivers of children ages 11 – 18. This program may be in offered in a full-series, or in topic-specific workshops.

This researched-based parenting education program provides parents/caregivers with best practices for parenting children ages 11 – 18. This program will assist participants, who are experts on their families, in developing a deeper understanding of how their personal and parenting knowledge and behavior affects their children. Topics will include, understanding parenting styles and tween and teen development, how to improve family communication, and create a better understanding of tween and teen challenges. We will also discuss discipline strategies, and managing parent and child stress. This program will also include helpful family activities, and activities for parents/caregivers to share with their youth.

7.  The Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program is a four-week online program for parents/caregivers and youth ages 11 - 18.Youth programs will include 30 minutes of interactive activities to discuss teen development, communication skills, managing emotions, and how to practice mindfulness and positive self-talk.Youth will be encouraged to share their activities and knowledge with their parents/caregivers.

Parent/caregiver programs are one-hour in length, and help participants enhance their parenting skills. Parents/caregivers, who are the experts on their families, will develop a deeper understanding of how their personal and parenting knowledge and behavior affects their children. This program will also include helpful family activities, and activities for parents/caregivers to share with their youth.

The Strengthening Families Program strives to empower families. We celebrate family strengths, improve communication skills, and provide support to both youth and parents/caregivers.

8.  Just for Grandparents

This parent education program is designed for grandparent guardians, or any caregiver parenting a second time around. This program will allow participants to discuss parenting strategies, gain support and strength, and connect with others. Topics include stress management, the importance of setting limits and following through on consequences, improving family communication and problem-solving skills, showing love and giving compliments. This program may be offered in a series, or topic-specific workshop. Topics can be customized to meet the needs of the group.

Last updated November 19, 2021