Family, in all its diverse forms, is the heart and backbone of a healthy society.


Family, in all its diverse forms, is the heart and backbone of a healthy society. Our mission is to improve the well-being of the family through strength-based programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put evidence-based information to work in their lives.  In addition to a variety of workshops for parents and caregivers, we also offer resources specifically developed for parenting educators, professional training opportunities for individuals who support families, and internships for students in the human services field of study.

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Breaking Up

Parents ApartĀ® is a 6-hour workshop for parents who want to learn how to help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce, or who are parenting separately. Next class is Monday, March 13.

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Parenting Class in Dryden

This FREE 8-class workshop at Dryden Elementary covers how to talk with your child (of any age) using the 5 communication skills. Class starts on Tuesday, March 21. Call to sign up!

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Get Together!

Help create a community that is supportive of all families, every 3rd THURSDAY at 8:30 am at CCE-Tompkins in Ithaca! Monthly meetings focus on family-centered services, collaborations and policy issues.

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Charitable Giving Update

In this FREE program on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11AM will cover charitable giving, scams, and things to consider when making donations. Stay after to consult with the Asst. Attorney General on unresolved consumer issues.

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Come to the Ithaca Commons on 4/1 and learn about local agriculture at this FREE, day-long family event. Exhibits, activities and fun for all!

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Family Resources

Tompkins Families is a community-based effort to connect parents and families in the rural towns of Dryden, Groton, & Newfield to create supportive environments for all families!

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Anna Steinkraus
Parenting Education Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 145

Last updated February 21, 2017