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Knowledge and Skills

Why It's Important

Discipline is both more effective and more nurturing when parents know how to set and enforce limits and encourage appropriate behaviors based on the child's age and level of development. Parents who understand how children grow and develop can provide an environment where children can live up to their potential. Child abuse and neglect are often associated with a lack of understanding of basic child developmentor an inability to put that knowledge into action. Timely mentoring, coaching, advice, and practice may be more useful to parents than information alone. (Source:

How to Build It

Great parents are made, not born. Some parts of parenting might come naturally, but most of them need to be learned. Many people feel that parenting in today's world is a tougher job than it was when they were growing up. Anyone raising kids needs updated child-rearing approaches that work today. Also, parents need accurate information about child development. Learning about child development and taking classes to build parenting skills are great ways to prepare for and navigate parenthood. Equipped with good knowledge and strong skills, parents and other caregivers can create the nurturing environment children need to grow and mature in a healthy way.


  • Go to this resource library and try searching for keywords such as Discipline, Development, Parenting, or Parent Learning. Or, explore the Advice and Tips for Parents section and the Understanding Your Child section to locate information that interests you.
  • Use the Events section to find parent workshops, forums and groups.
  • You can find a programs and services related to parenting by calling 2-1-1 for information and referral from a trained referral specialist.

Family Enrichment Collaborative Programs & Services

Please check out our programs and services for more information.



    JUST A.S.K.

Dial 2-1-1 to connect with community resources to get what you need to become the parent you want to be:

Advice on building a close relationship with your child
Support systems that help you balance it all & reduce stress.
Knowledge about child development & parenting skills

    Family Centers

Bath Area Family
Resource Center

Room 81 at Vernon E. Wightman Primary School,
216 Maple Heights, Bath,
776-4123 x5650

Jennie Mose Family
Resource Center

14 South Street (Old Post Office,)  Addison,

Nonnie Hood Parent
Resource Center

upper floor of the Southeast Steuben County Library,
300 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, 607-936-3837

Hornell Area Family
Resource Center
Hornell Intermediate School
71 Buffalo St.
Hornell, NY 14843
607-324-0014 x1741


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