Classes, Programs and More!

The Extension Institute of Human Development and Relationships recognizes the importance of creating strong families that serve as the foundation for community life by enhancing family relationships, parenting, child development, and the community institutions that promote family well-being. Our Human Development & Relationships programming is committed to providing a source of well-researched, quality information about families and relationships.

Local Programs & Classes

Click here to see a list of our Spring/Summer 2024 classes!!

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program

These Triple P – Positive Parenting Program seminars and discussion groups will provide parents of children ages 0-12 years and teens with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place. The series offers both seminars and group discussions and participants can choose as many of the sessions in the series to attend to support their learning needs. Parents participating in the Triple P seminar receive specific developmental and child development advice to optimize their child’s development.

Triple P is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research.  It is used in more 30 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups, and in many different kinds of family structures.


Parent Cafés

  •  A fulfilling way to talk, listen and support each other with the stressors, worries and challenges of parenting that many have struggled with alone.
  •  They are unique in that every parent’s voice is heard.
  • Support parents in building friendships and a strong network of families who help each other stay strong.
  • Small group conversations are based on the Five Protective Factors and facilitated by a parent host.

Parent Cafés are held once a month (in person or virtually), September- May.
Join us this fall for connection, conversations and of course coffee ☕
Register here:
Check out the Facebook page for updates and Café dates and times.

To register call 1-800-628-8534.

Fatherhood In Wisconsin

Fathers want to be fathers. The dads in our lives play a crucial role in our children’s development and the well-being of our families. We know that dads today face many challenges finding the support they need to be fully present for their children. Click here for classes, support and resources!

Focus on Fathers Discussion Series- Join us and other fathers and father figures for a Zoom series to explore parenting tips and learn ways to strengthen your relationship with your child. Attendance at all sessions is not required. Join us for one, several, or all sessions! Tuesdays from 6-7pm. For dates see our flyer!   Register here!                                                                                                 

Anywhere Dads- A podcast about parenting for incarcerated fathers and their families, featuring the voices of fathers who are incarcerated. Click here to access episodes.


Parents Forever™

Parents Forever is a parenting class for parents in the process of divorce, already divorced, or never married but separating. To complete the course, you attend the four-hour training (two hours each day) and turn in a simple homework assignment.

Click here for the current class schedule and more information.

If you have any questions, please email or call, 608-297-3141 or Register here.

Babysitting Basics Classes

This popular course is offered for youth ages 11-15 and covers basics of child development, nutrition, entertaining children, safety, and first aid, plus full CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) certification. This high quality class helps to make young people responsible babysitters. Class is limited to 18 students. $30.00 includes instruction, materials, and certification cards.

Classes are offered twice a year on an as needed basis. If you want to be contacted next time this class is offered, click here.

For more information or questions contact Hannah Zellmer at 608 297 3139 or

Brought to you by Marquette County UW-Extension Human Development & Relationships, Marquette County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Healthy Communities Healthy Youth (HCHY), and the Parent Information Exchange (PIE).

Home Alone

Is your child ready for self-care?  As children grow more independent, parents begin to consider the possibility of having them stay home alone rather than being cared for by others.  This can be a rewarding experience for children and parents, but only if the children are ready and prepared.

Extension Marquette County offers an online program that educates parents and their children on readiness for self-care, home alone plans, safety, and alleviating fear and boredom when children are home alone.

Visit our Home Alone online program for more information. Parents and children should complete this entire program together. Click here for Home Alone (Español).

Online Resources

Parenting…Behind the Behavior

Short research-based, positive parenting videos from University of Wisconsin – Madison/Division of Extension’s Human Development & Relationships Institute available in Facebook Video Library

Talking About Race

Many parents are asking how they can talk to their children about race. Please check out the following resources. The most important advice is to realize that parents can influence their children and provide the reassurance and information that is appropriate for their development.

Parenting a Preschooler

An important part of helping children through the preschool years is making sure that their minds and bodies are working their best. When children’s physical needs are met they are better able to learn, have more self-control, and are generally happier, which is good for both of you! Here are a few fact sheets that highlight the importance of nutrition, good sleep, stress reduction (yep, even little ones get stressed out), and physical activity.

Community Resources & Events

Marquette County Resource Directory are you looking for services and opportunities for families in Marquette County?  This is loaded with information and has a Table of Contents to guide you. The directory is hosted on the ADRC website but has resources for all Marquette County residents. 

Marquette County Family Facebook DirectoryResources for Families: Facebook Pages and Groups. Ever wonder how to find out what groups or pages to follow on Facebook to keep up to date on family resources, activities and events? Check this out! 

“Helping Hands for Families with Young Children” – Newsletters designed for parents raising young children in Marquette County. Good ideas, resources and connections in an easy-to-read two-page format.”


Parent Information Exchange – A growing network of local parents in four Marquette County communities. Read more by clicking on the title link.


Parent Pacta handy guide for parents about “house rules” for your own tweens and teens. Helpful when their friends are at your house, or your children are at their friends’ houses. Conversation starters with other parents and guidelines about alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, cellphone and Internet use and

Healthy Communities Healthy Youth – coalition to prevent and reduce substance abuse prevention in Marquette County since 2003.

 Touch A Truck: Marquette County, WI – Children of all ages can touch, climb on and explore different local vehicles including fire engines!

Marquette County Family Adventure Day – A family-oriented annual event that provides fun, interactive activities and education.

Marquette County Barn Quilts – beautiful 8′ x 8′ quilt blocks decorating our landscape!  Read more by clicking on the title link.

Home and Communty Education Association (HCE)an organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community service.  Read more by clicking on the title link.

 More Resources

Building Strong Families

Child Development

Foods & Nutrition

Family Financial Management


Marquette County Staff

If you want to learn more or have any questions regarding Human Development and Relationships in Marquette County, please contact:

Extension Marquette County

Hannah Zellmer