Strong family engagement and other interpersonal relationships significantly contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and economies. Programs and policies developed to strengthen families and individuals help build strong relationships within supportive communities, and improve outcomes for children, families, and society. Extension provides well-researched, quality information about parenting and family relationships.

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Reentry Ready Resources

Transitioning and re-entering the community can be difficult for individuals and families. This provides a variety of tips and resources you can use when re-entering back into the community.

Sesame Street

Activities, videos, and information for children and families impacted by the incarceration of a loved one.

Anywhere Dads

A podcast about parenting for fathers who are incarcerated and their families from UW-Madison Division of Extension.

Talking About Race

Many parents are asking how they can talk to their children about race. Please check out the following resources. The most important advice is to realize that parents can influence their children and provide the reassurance and information that is appropriate for their development.

Home Alone

Is your child ready for self-care?  As children grow more independent, parents begin to consider the possibility of having them stay home alone rather than being cared for by others.  This can be a rewarding experience for children and parents, but only if the children are ready and prepared.

Extension Dane County offers an online program that educates parents and their children on readiness for self-care, home alone plans, safety, and alleviating fear and boredom when children are home alone.

Visit our Home Alone online program for more information. Parents and children should complete this entire program together. Click here for Home Alone (Español).

Just in Time Parenting (JITP)

This is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. JITP is the result of ongoing partnership between several land-grant universities in the U.S. and is managed by a national board on which Wisconsin has representation. The newsletters are designed so that information that’s relevant to families is automatically delivered to them just in time! More information can be found at

Each issue includes:

  • Easy to use guides on how a child is developing
  • Tips on raising a healthy, happy child
  • Tools for solving common parenting problems
  • Strategies for coping with the challenges of raising children



Just Dane

JustDane is private, 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency that offers an array of direct service programs for individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system. These services include prison reentry programs and services for children who have an incarcerated parent, community events designed to help people understand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone newly released from prison, and jail and prison in-reach programs. More information on their website at 

Urban League of Greater Madison

Provides resources and support for African Americans and other community members around education, and employment and empowers individuals to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st Century. More information can be found on their website:


Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C) is part of a network of accredited, non-profit Wisconsin Child Care Resource & Referral agencies providing advocacy and support services for child care around Southern Wisconsin counties. More information can be found on their website at:

LOV Inc.

LOV Inc. is a family-led community in which we all mobilize our strengths and gifts to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and strengthen the civic life of the community as a whole. More information can be found on their website at: 

Office of Child Care and Family Resource (OCCFR)

The Office of Child Care and Family Resources provides support and family resources for parents and returning UW parenting students. More information can be found on their website at:

Babies & Beyond of WI, Inc.

Babies & Beyond s a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Madison-area families since 1982. All of our programs are free of charge to women, men and families. More information at

Upcoming Events:

Resilient Parenting workshops Location: Bayview Community Center. Dates: 9/12/23, 10/10/23, 11/14/23, 12/12/23 Time: 4:00 -5:00 pm To sign up for it, CLICK HERE

Raising a Thinking Child – virtual/online via Zoom Mondays from October 30 – December 4, 2023. Time: 9-10:15 am or 6-7:15 pm. To sign up for it, CLICK HERE. More information about it can be found HERE

Teaching Children about Emotions – Two part series workshop. Date/Location: Tuesdays November 21 and 28 at Dane County Extension Office, Drumlin Room. Or on Tuesdays December 12 and 19 (virtual). Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm. To sign up for it, CLICK HERE

To find more parenting and caregiver classes online and state-wide, click on the Calendar button below and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the events calendar.

Contact Staff

Kula Yang

Family Relationships and Finance Educator

UW-Madison, Division of Extension (Dane County)

5201 Fen Oak, Suite , Madison, WI


Phone: 608-224-3700

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