April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month with lots of programs being held at Fort Drum that are open to the public. Some of these programs are listed on the right along with an article listing all the events.
Our Parenting Educators provide several research-based educational programs to help you through the most challenging, and most rewarding, job you'll ever have - being a parent. Check out the individual programs to learn more about how each one may help you with your daily engagement as a parent.
- Discipline is Not a Dirty Word - Join us for an hour of interactive learning
focused on the basic principles of discipline for children
ages 2-10. This workshop will help caregivers direct children to what they can do while making their children
feel lovable and capable. Strategies include offering children appropriate
choices, changing the environment not the behavior, and working with
children, not against them. Each participant
will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshop.
- Magic Years - The Magic Years curriculum
is designed for families with children from birth through age four who are
looking for research-based information to enhance their parenting skills. The six, two-hour lessons will to explain best practices in child
development and parenting to caregivers. Participants will develop
a deeper understanding of how their personal and parenting knowledge and
behavior affect their children.
- Middle Years - The Middle
Years curriculum is designed for families with children 5 to 10 years of
age who are looking for research-based information to enhance their parenting
skills. The six, two-hour lessons will improve communication between
parents and their children in order to create a home environment in which
children can thrive. The Middle Years classes will assist parents in developing a
deeper understanding of positive child self-esteem development and effective
- Parenting After Separation or Divorce - This
three-hour program is designed to assist parents in helping their children adjust to
parental separation or divorce. Topics discussed include identifying parent/child
reaction to divorce; developing skills for helping children cope;
post-separation parenting; co-parenting vs. parallel parenting; communicating
effectively between households; and identifying and managing stress for parents
and children. This class may meet court ordered
- Smart Steps - This program is designed for remarried or
partnering couples and their children.The six, two-hour sessions focus on building couple and family strengths while
addressing the unique needs and issues that couples face in step families.Topics covered include step family myths;
realistic expectations for adults and children; stages of step family
development; legal issues; finances; defining roles and rules; developing
empathy; understanding child development; step-parent/step-child relationships;
communication with your child’s other parent; and building respectful and
caring relationships. Parents and children attend
parallel sessions and come together at the end for a shared activity.
For more information about any of the above programs, contact Leslie Cherry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-788-8450.
Last updated June 1, 2017