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 commited to providing a source of well-researched, quality information about families and relationships.

Local Programs & Classes

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.


A Parent Café series is held every spring and fall. Check out the Facebook page for updates and Café dates and times.

Click the link below to see the latest Café flyer.

2021 fall cafe flyer

Click here to register or call 1-800-628-8534.

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 20 students. $25.00 includes instruction, materials, and certification cards.

Classes are offered twice a year on an as needed basis. Please contact Hannah Zellmer for more information at 608 297 3139 or

Brought to you by Marquette County UW-Extension Family Living, 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).



Community Resources

Marquette County Family 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. 

“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.

ParentPactLogoParent 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.

Managing Your Money achieve your goals by handling your money well. Learn how to create a spending plan, track expenses, understand debt and credit, manage bank accounts, and more. Individual or classroom instruction. See staff contact at bottom of this page for more information or to set up a confidential, individual appointment.

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


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