Parent Education Network


Upcoming Events
Nurtured Heart Approach - Devils Lake, ND Mar 06, 2018 - Apr 03, 2019 — Lake Region Special Ed Conference Room, 801 5th Ave. SE, Devils Lake, ND
Building Strong Families Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018 — Ft. Yates, ND
Your Child is Growing! Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 — Bismarck, ND
1-2-3 Magic Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Aug 02, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 — Bismarck, ND
Active Parenting Aug 07, 2018 - Aug 21, 2018 — Ft. Yates, ND
Parents Forever Aug 20, 2018 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Mandan, ND
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Topic Bags

It is the goal of the ND Parent Education Network to serve all counties in each region in North Dakota. Since it is not currently possible to hold programming in all areas, the “topic bag” project has been part of an effort to provide parent education materials to under-served counties. Each kit is comprised of six bags containing a variety of resources on one of the following parenting topics:

  • Autism/Asperger Syndrome
  • Anger in Children
  • Divorce
  • Long Distance Parenting
  • Sex Education & Body Safety
  • Sleep Issues - Infant-Teen
  • Toilet Training

Each bag contains materials for preschool, middle school, teens (where appropriate) and parents. All children’s materials are intended to be read together with the parent or guardian.   

How are bags to be promoted?  We highly suggest you promote this with professionals such as your school counselors and social service parent aides as well as public health, libraries and other agencies. Make them aware that these are available for checkout from the Extension office. A short press release to area newspapers or newsletter item for any local opportunities you might have would also be encouraged. If needed, Parent Resource Center staff may be willing to help with this effort.

How should bags be used? The original intention was for bags to be checked out containing all materials to either a family or professional.  Although a family may not use all of the items in each bag, it should help prevent loss by simplifying tracking; however, this is up to each individual county staff person. If a professional wants to check out a DVD on Divorce versus the entire bag and Extension staff are willing to monitor its return that would certainly be acceptable. You might consider doing a program yourself, or setting up a rotation system where you bring one bag to a school each month, or to an agency each month, in hope that it will get used and become valued. It will take a bit of marketing on your part but we hope your communities will find them useful. Again we want to see these materials used so feel free to adapt as necessary. 

How will checkouts work?  Each host site is free to create whatever type of checkout system they prefer whether a simple notebook, Access document or other. There should not be any charge for checkout however, due to the high value of each bag (average of $120), we suggest some form of deposit, such as a held check. 

Your assistance with this project is greatly appreciated! At the end of the coming year we will evaluate the usefulness of the various strategies and determine if we will continue. Ideas for ‘hot topics’ or other suggestions will be appreciated. This project was made possible with special funding from ND Department of Human Services and your feedback will be passed on to them. 

If you have specific feedback or questions, please direct them to the PRC Coordinator in your region or to Amy Tichy at, 701-845-8528. 

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