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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

Parent Education

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Cooperative Extension Programs (CEP) through local offices, community partners, and websites offer research-based parent education programs that empower family relationships against today’s adversities.

“Parenting Now in 3”

(Curriculum is used for Cooperative Extension Program participants)

Session I  Communication and Cooperation

In this session the participant will:

  1. Learn to support a child in solving problems through the use of “Active Communication”.
  2. Learn to identify and avoid mixed messages and communication blocks.
  3. Learn to determine who owns the problem when family problems occur.

Session II  Discipline and Responsibility

In this session the participant will:

  1. Understand the importance of responsibility in today’s society.
  2. Be able to use the effective discipline methods.
  3. Learn successful methods for handling problems.

Session III  Power, Courage, and Self-esteem

In this session the participant will:

  1. Develop skills for avoiding power struggles.
  2. Understand the relationship between courage and other character traits and self-esteem.
  3. Learn four methods that encourage children.

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 Parent Educator Volunteer

Become a Parent Educator Volunteer. 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 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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