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Strengthening Families helps adults and teens build communication skills.

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Positive Parenting

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Albany County helps families thrive in a rapidly changing world.

We offer parenting/family education workshops, as listed below. All workshops are offered free of charge to participants and/or host sites. Please see our calendar of events to register for a current workshop. If your organization would like to host a workshop, or if you have questions, please contact:

Maria DeLucia-Evans, Resource Educator

518.765.3559

mkd59@cornell.edu

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families program is an interactive series of workshops that allow parents/caregivers to spend special time with their youth and help him/her be successful in the teen years. During each session, parents/caregivers and their youth will learn ways to build on existing strengths, improve communication skills, and have fun together as a family. (Series length and targeted age group of youth varies.)

Dinner is provided at each workshop, and each family will win a family fun gift basket during the course of the series.

Topics to expect:

  • How to set limits while supporting growth
  • What kids and parents need from each other
  • Developing emotional awareness
  • The challenges of friends and peer pressure
  • Keeping family love alive and giving compliments

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

Program content was developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. All recommended parenting techniques are researched-based.


The Magic Years
Parenting education for families with children from babies – age 4

The Magic Years flyer

This researched-based parent education program helps parents/caregivers of children from birth – 4-years-old enhance their parenting skills. 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.

The Middle Years
Parenting education for families with children from ages 5 – 10

The Middle Years flyer

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.

The Tween/Teen Years
Parenting education for families with children ages 11 - 18

The Tween/Teen Years flyer

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.

Last updated June 23, 2020