The Parent Connect

With many changes to schedules, routines, and the norms of daily living, parents and caregivers of young children are coping with immense challenges. Add in the challenges of COVID-19, it is no wonder that parents could use extra support.

Children look to their parents with questions about why things are different, and they rely on their caregivers to help them through the different stages of development. Parents give their children the best answers they can, but sometimes, parents have questions, too!

To provide support for families, UW Madison Division of Extension’s Human Development and Relationships Educators are working together to offer “The Parent Connect” a virtual education opportunity for parents and caregivers focused on “social emotional learning.” According to Pattie Carroll, Human Development and Relationships Educator, the discussions will center on, “how to build skills in our children to understand their emotions, to help children make and keep friends, and to help children to make fair and safe choices. These skills help children to positively participate in their family and community, help ensure school success, and help them develop a more positive sense of self.”

Each session includes facilitation of a topic from Raising Caring Kids, a series of newsletters developed by Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and are available here: .

The Parent Connect is a free, weekly opportunity for parents and caregivers to talk with each other, offered each Thursday evening in October, starting at 7pm.  Each Parent Connect is facilitated by an Extension Educator and lasts one hour. Participants can join via phone or video-chat. Topics, such as, Making Choices, Take a Deep Breath, and Helping Children Identify their strengths, are first introduced by the Extension Educator with examples of why this is important and how parents can build this skill. The second half of the hour allows for discussion and response among participants, to make The Parent Connect relevant to the needs and situations of each group.

More information is available here:  The Parent Connect is free and open to anyone, but registration is required to receive connection link & phone number. Registration link:  

Spanish, or other language interpretation is available for those who request this accommodation.

Fall 2020 Schedule

October 1 – Making & Evaluating Choices

October 8 – Solving Problems with Others

October 15 – Take a Deep Breath

October 22 – Helping Children Identify Strengths

October 29 – Humankind.  Be Both


For more information about The Parent Connect, and other Extension programs, please contact Extension, Dodge County at (920) 386-3790 or email



The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental, arrest or conviction record or veteran status.


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