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Tompkins Families

Tompkins Families serves as a reliable resource for all families based within Tompkins County. Here you will find information on parenting, educational resources, financial information, and fun and/or informational events throughout the county.

This site is managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County as part of our mission to contribute to the well-being of our diverse community. The information here is gathered from numerous sources. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to have other links added to those gathered here. 

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New Siblings

A good sibling relationship is more likely if parents value it. Parents should think about the way they would like their children to behave with each other.

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Breaking Up

Parents Apart® is a 6-hour workshop to help parents learn how to help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce. Next class is 6pm-9pm on Monday 3/11 and 3/18.

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Why Read to Your Child?

Research shows that reading to young children stimulates brain development, lays the foundations for language and literacy, and prepares children for academic success.

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Choosing A PreSchool

Selecting a pre-school for your young child can be confusing. Consider the staff, setting, daily routine and philosophy. Visit a variety of facilities, ask questions and look at the environment

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Changing Fresh Kids

Today, many parents are struggling to find non-violent, positive ways to communicate with their children. Here are some suggestions that may help.

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Children's Exposure to Violence

Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence is a guide for families for helping children cope with violence.

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Elizabeth Wolff
Family & Community Educator, 'Tompkins Families'
(607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #265)

Last updated July 26, 2018