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Educational Programs

The purpose of the NDSU Extension Service is to create learning partnerships that help adults and youth enhance their lives and communities. Therefore, we offer a variety of research-based educational programs to assist people in the areas of human development, family life, aging and wellness, and personal and family finances.

The programs listed here provide information about:

  • Available programs to help individuals, families and communities;
  • Guidance on taking a class, using program materials, or purchasing a program;
  • Opportunities to partner in bringing these programs to your community.

Children, Parents and Families

Basic Beginnings: A Program for Parenting Young Children Ages 0 to 3 

Basic Beginnings is a research-based parent education program focused on raising young children from the prenatal period through 3 years of age. Research into brain development, adverse experiences, toxic stress, parent- child attachment, prenatal and early childhood health, social and emotional development and support, and other topics is incorporated in the curriculum.

Gearing Up for Kindergarten: A School Readiness and Parent Involvement Program 

Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a research-based school readiness and parent education program. It is a parent and family involvement program that supports child development, school readiness, and healthy parenting.

Gearing Up for Middle School 

Gearing Up for Middle School is a school transition curriculum for parents and their soon-to-be middle school students. The program focuses on helping incoming middle school students, their parents, and school personnel feel prepared for the changes in expectations, responsibilities, schools, schedules, and relationships in the middle school transition.

Nurturing Parenting Programs 

Nurturing Parenting Programs are family-based parenting education programs that help families establish a nurturing way of life and develop healthier, stronger relationships. 

Parents Forever: Education to Aid Families in Transition (Divorce Education) 

Parents Forever™ is an educational program developed by University of Minnesota Extension that explores the effects of divorce on children, managing stress in family transitions (divorce, separation), and maintaining respectful, healthy relationships.

Aging and Wellness

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

In this program, family caregivers learn about tools needed to take care of themselves as they care for an older adult with needs, including information on reducing stress, communication, life balance, making decisions, and locating helpful resources.

Stepping On: A Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

Stepping On is a national evidence-based program designed to help older adults learn about fall risks, explore different strategies for fall prevention, and follow through on reducing fall risks in everyday life.  

Personal and Family Finance

Design Your Succession Plan

Design Your Succession Plan is a multi-session workshop to assist farm and ranch families get started on their succession plan and shape the future ownership of their business. 


FCS Educational Lessons

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