Parenting and Child Care


The Parenting and Child Care information on this webpage is organized by the topics below.  If you click on the topic in the list below you will be taken to the part of this webpage with that information.

Parenting the Preschooler

UW-Extension Parenting the Preschooler fact sheets help to:

  • Enhance parent and caregiver relationships with children,
  • Increase parent and caregiver confidence, and
  • Reduce parent and caregiver stress

Learn practical tips about:

  • Discipline
  • Feeding & Nutrition
  • Health & Safety
  • Nurturing & Love
  • Personality Styles
  • Play Ideas
  • School Readiness

Below you’ll find two-page fact sheets in both English and Spanish on a variety of topics related to caring for preschool-aged children.

For more information, visit the University of Wisconsin-Extension Parenting the Preschooler state Website at:  Each fact sheet contains links to additional resources and references.

Research-Based Child Development Data for Parents

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. They compile evaluations and research about child development in many areas including: child poverty and welfare, parenting, school readiness, education, health and youth development. Visit their Web site at:

Just In Time Parenting Newsletter Via E-Mail


Parenting information when you need it!  Finding reliable parenting information and advice on the web can be overwhelming. How do you know what you can trust — especially when you are busy and there’s just so little time?

Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. They are designed so that information that’s relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time!

  • Easy to use guides on how your child is developingjustintimeparentingexamples_opt
  • Tips on raising a healthy child
  • Tools for solving common parenting challenges
  • Subscribe at
  • Email and birth date of child is all that is needed!

Why should parents choose Just in Time Parenting?

  • Available in English & Spanish
  • Links to podcasts, videos, and other resources
  • Commercial free — no toy or product ads
  • Based on research and written by experts who are parents themselves!

All newsletters are great for grandparents, too. Pass it along!

Home Alone

Prepare Children to Stay Home Alone – FREE Video Program!   A video training program from UW-Extension can help prepare children to stay home unsupervised.  The program teaches families how to develop a plan for emergencies.

The video program provides tips for structuring the children’s time alone so they have plenty of activities to keep them busy and out of trouble.

There is no magic age at which children develop the maturity needed to stay alone.  But here are three signs that your child may be ready:

  1. Your child indicates desire and willingness to stay alone.
  2. Your child accepts responsibility and makes decisions.  For example, your child will follow your written directions for chores that need to be done while you are away.
  3. Your child shows awareness of what others need.

For many children, these abilities can appear between 9 and 12 years of age.  Other children need more time.

Access the Home Alone video training online at or contact Carol Bralich at 262-335-4479.

PARENTHETICAL: An Online Community for Parents of Teens

Parents of pre-teens and teens need help with parenting, too! New University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension website launched in 2013 offers a place for parents of teens to learn, share and connect

Parents of 10-16 year olds.

Are you interested in learning more about what makes your tween or teen tick? Would you like the opportunity to interact with other parents who have some of the same challenges and questions as you do? Check out Parenthetical, an online site offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension for parents of children between the ages of 10-16. Parenthetical is a combination website, blog and social network. The site provides information and discussion on a range of topics of interest to parents with children in their emerging teen years as well as opportunities for support from other parents experiencing many of the same needs and issues. Posts include subjects like parent-child conflict, discipline and limit setting, middle school romantic and peer relationships, the challenges of school achievement and much more. Parenthetical is available online 24/7 and parents can participate from any web-accessible device. Go to Parenthetical to learn more.

For Child Care Professionals

Articles and Activities from Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care Program:

Questions or Concerns? Contact Human Development & Relationships Staff

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