Strengthening Families Program

Texas Cooperative Extension’s Strengthening Families Program is a 6-week parenting education series designed for parents of school-age children ages 6-12. This research-based educational program was developed to strengthen the relationship between parents and their children and equip parents with the skills they need to effectively raise their children. Researchers have identified several factors that are common to strong families, including effective parent-child communication, problem-solving skills, and a sense of purpose and future. Successful families frequently consider their strengths and weaknesses and take steps to improve their home and family environment.

Class topics include:

  • Class 1: Developmental Expectations & Stress Management
  • Class 2: Goals, Objectives & Rewards
  • Class 3: High Risk Kids & Communications
  • Class 4: Communications II, Problem-solving, & Giving Directions
  • Class 5: Limit Setting
  • Class 6: Implementing the Behavior Plan & Maintaining Good Behavior

Classes are taught by trained volunteers. Volunteer training is offered through Texas Cooperative Extension – Bexar County Office. To obtain the date of the training or the names of trainers available, contact the Bexar County Extension office at 210-467-6575 or email Connie Sheppard, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences at

Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

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