UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 4-hour Parents Forever Class on December, 15th 2017 starting at 8:30am at the Oneida County Courthouse – Conference Rm. 2 (upstairs by Land and Water). Cost is $20.

ParentsForever Flyer

See flyer for more information. Participants must be registered prior to class.

Classes are held on the 3rd Friday of every other month (even months). Cost is $20 for materials. For more information on upcoming classes or to register, call Sara Richie, MS – Family Living Educator at (715) 365-2750 or email

Family Living Programs – Backed by university research

Family Living’s unique and effective programs are developed using university research. Extension educators based in every county and on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus have a direct link to university resources, allowing them to draw from and contribute to current research about families.

By responding to the challenges facing today’s families with evidence-informed programs and practices, as well as local knowledge gained from living in the communities they serve, Extension educators are helping to create an environment where families have the information, skills and assets they need to improve their quality of life and contribute to their communities.

Families and Communities

Creating strong families that serve as the foundation for community life by enhancing family relationships, parenting, child development and the community institutions that promote family well-being.

Early Learning Programs: Northwoods Family Resource Center Network

Click on the picture below to learn about free Early Learning Programs, sponsored by the Northwoods Family Resource Center Network, available in the Rhinelander, Minocqua, Crandon, Antigo and Tomahawk areas:






Click the picture below for a list of babysitting training courses in the nearby area:







Look for your local Family Resource Center at the following nearby locations:

  • Antigo Family Corner Resource Center: Antigo Middle School, Room 227, 815 Seventh Ave, PO Box 177, Antigo, WI 54409.  Phone: 715-627-1414.
  • Lincoln County Family Resource Center: 201B Stange St., Merrill, WI 54452.  Phone: 715-539-9228
  • Family Resource Connection: 1020 Kabel Ave., Rhinelander, WI 54501. Phone: 715-361-2890 or toll-free (888) 266-0028.

Find more information online:

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Parenting Links

  • Co-parenting
    Resources and information for Wisconsin county educators who are providing co-parenting education.
  • eParenting®
    An innovative program initiative from UW-Extension Family Living Programs with the goal of empowering parents in their use of digital media as a powerful and positive tool supporting their parenting role
  • Parenthetical
    An online educational and supportive parenting community for parents of preteens and teens ages 10-16
  • Parenting Newsletters
    Sign up for free email parenting newsletters for children birth to age 3
  • Parenting the Preschooler
    Explore the newsletters on this site which are designed for parents and caregivers of preschool age children.
  • Raising a Thinking Child
    Parenting program for parents of children age 4-7 offered by county educators.
  • Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14
    A nationally recognized program designed to reduce substance use and other problematic behaviors in youth ages 10-14 offered by county educators.
  • Top 10 Feeds and Reads Parent Resource List                                                       Have you ever taken a quick look for parenting and family resources online and looked up hours later to realize you fell into a digital rabbit hole? Family Living Programs’ Digital Parenting Education Specialist, Anne Clarkson, highlights the ten top parenting and family online resources. She noted online databases, libraries, podcasts, video archives, and websites and also recommended Facebook and Twitter feeds to follow to effortlessly stay in the know about family and child development research.



Child Care
  • Better Kid Care
    Professional development opportunities and education information on caring for children from Penn State.
  • Child Care Finder
    Searching for safe, quality child care in Wisconsin has never been easier.
  • The Registry
    Wisconsin’s Recognition System for acknowledging the training, experience and professionalism of child care programs and providers.
  • YoungStar – Wisconsin’s Child Care Rating Program
    YoungStar gives parents information to help them make the best choice about care for their child.
  • Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners
    State, regional, and local groups collaborating so all children in Wisconsin receive services and support for optimal developmental potential  from birth through age 5.


Relationship Education
  • Family Resiliency
    Be resilient: s-t-r-e-t-c-h, bounce back & roll forward
  • Grandparenting Today
    The focus of this website is on grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and others who are raising their relatives’ children.


Aging and Caregiving of Older Persons


Community Support
  • Family Policy
    Connecting Policymakers and Professionals to build research-based family policy.
  • Home Visitation for Infants and Young Children
    Supporting community home visiting programs in Wisconsin.
  • Local Criminal Justice and Prevention
    Resources about community corrections, reentry and transitioning jail inmates; prevention and intervention programs for juvenile delinquency; and programming for incarcerated audience educators.
  • What Works Wisconsin
    Tools for practitioners and policymakers to develop, evaluate and improve prevention programs for children, youth and families.


How We Make a Difference
  • Short reports showing the effectiveness of our programs across the state
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