Family Development

Child Care Provider Training

Cooperative Extension in conjunction with thread (the child care resource and referral organization that serves the Mat-Su and Copper River Valleys)  offers trainings on subjects pertinent to local child care providers. For more information, check out

Also, visit for resources around quality child care.


Children are our fun, loving, and wonderful. But raising children can be full of uncertainties. Questions like, "How do I teach my child to be responsible for his own homework?" and "When is it time to start potty training my toddler?" "What chores can my child do?" "How do I know if my child is developing normally?" arise as children grow and change. Just when parents think they have one stage figured out, a new one comes along with new challenges and questions.  

Research consistently shows that parents are the most important influence in their youngster’s lives, from birth through the teen years. Parents need to be involved in their children’s lives, set and enforce limits and boundaries, provide love and support and set good examples. For more information on parenting through various ages and stages, visit:

Family Caregiving

Family Caregiving encompasses a broad range of situations. Whether caring for an invalid spouse, or one with Alzheimer’s disease, a disabled child or ailing parents, raising grandchildren or a sibling’s children there are many issues that arise.

Estimates show that the United States has approximately 28.8 million caregivers; they provide more than 30 billion hours of care valued at more than $306 billion. Finding reliable information that helps you plan and work through the situations you face is important. is a resource that has information for you.

Personal Finance

In hard financial times we need valid information on how to use the limited resources we have. The eXtension website has resources, articles and lessons on topics such as consumer credit, children and money, estate planning and financial planning.

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