Parenting Programs

Family at beachOn this page you will find assorted learning opportunities and activities that enable prospective parents, parents, and grandparents to improve their knowledge, parenting practices, and caregiving skills.

Program Overview

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service through local Extension offices, community partners, and websites offers research–based parent education programs that help prospective parents, parents, grandparents, and caregivers deal with the challenging role of parenting. AgriLife Extension offers a wide variety of parent education opportunities that enhance parental confidence by increasing parental knowledge, practices, and caregiving skills.

Current Program Areas

Local Extension agents offer a variety of parent education programs to improve overall parenting practices. To find out what is offered in your area, contact your local county Extension agent.

Benefits of Participation?

Positive parenting practices play an essential role in a child’s development and later life success. Research indicates that parents who are warm, responsive to their children’s needs, respectful, consistent, highly involved in all aspects of their children’s development, model appropriate behavior, and who provide firm, yet not overly harsh discipline, increase their children’s potential for success in life and reduce the risks for delinquent behavior during the adolescent and teen years.

Positive parenting practices in times of stress (such as financial hardship, divorce, or family illness) can often act as a buffer against such stressors and help build children’s coping and adjustment skills. In contrast, ineffective or dysfunctional parenting practices can lead to poor outcomes for children, including behavioral problems and diagnosed mental health conditions.

How Can I Participate?

Local Classes

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences agents offer a variety of parent education learning opportunities from one–time programs to a face–to–face series covering a variety of parent education topics and issues. For information about what is available in your area, contact your local county Extension office.

Online Courses

Those interested in self–paced, online, learning classes should browse our online courses. Each online course has learning objectives, learning key assessments to help guide you through module concepts, slides with narration, printable fact sheets, and printable certificates for completing class requirements.

Train–the–Trainer

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists and Family and Consumer Sciences agents offer train–the–trainer parent education workshops on various research–based and best practice curriculums. Trainings are designed to give participants a comprehensive set of skills to effectively deliver parent education curriculum and evaluate their results. For information regarding train–the–trainer opportunities, contact:

Rick Peterson, Ph.D.
Parenting Specialist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
phone: (979) 845-1877
fax: (979) 845-6496
e-mail: RLPeterson@ag.tamu.edu

Parent Educator Volunteer

Become a Parent Educator Volunteer with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Parent Educator Volunteers are local people who, with appropriate training, work with a Family and Consumer Sciences agents to teach, evaluate, or provide support services to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Parent Education programs. There are many possibilities! To find out how you can volunteer, contact your local county Extension office or Rick Peterson.

Agency Collaboration

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a history of collaborating with other local, county, and state organizations and departments to provide parent education to needed populations. To find out how your organization or department can collaborate, contact your local county Extension office or Rick Peterson.

 

Last updated: April 28, 2015

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