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The Texas AgriLife Extension Service  and Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) through local Extension offices, community partners, and websites offers research based parent education programs that empower family relationships with the challenging role of parenting.

Benefits of Participation

Active parenting plays 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 challenges 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.

Strengthening Family Relationships

Active Parenting 

To support the growth and development of children through the family structure by providing parents and other care givers the information and skills necessary to prepare their children to survive and thrive in the kind of society in which they live.

(Curriculum is used for Cooperative Extension Program participants)

SESSION I – The Active Parent

  • Styles of parenting
  • Brain development in children
  • The method of choice

SESSION II – Cooperation & Communication

  • Who owns the problem?
  • Active communication
  • Feelings, empathy & problem-solving

SESSION III – Responsibility & Discipline

  • Effective, non-violent discipline
  • “I” messages
  • Logical consequences

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.

Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer.  Volunteers are local people who, with appropriate training, work with Family and Community Health Extension Agents to teach, evaluate, or provide support services to the education programs. There are many possibilities!


Alfredo Alberto
Family and Community Health Extension Agent
Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program
13105 Northwest Freeway, Suite 1000
Houston, TX  77040
Phone: 713-274-0973

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