February 27, 2002 | By: Aimee D. Heald

Parents are the first and most important teachers for their children, so it’s important for parent educators to learn how to pass on useful knowledge so parents can help children reach their potential in life.

An upcoming series of training workshops for parent educators such as Cooperative Extension agents, members of Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, family service professionals, and community volunteers will highlight the new program “Keys to Great Parenting: Fun and Learning with your Baby or Toddler.”

“Basically, we want to attract to the training sessions as many individuals who work with parents and care givers of babies and toddlers as possible,” said Carole Gnatuk, Extension child development specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. “Then, we want those trained parent educators to commit to reaching as many parents and care givers as possible with seven parenting education sessions.”

Gnatuk said participants will gain hands-on experience with the “Keys to Great Parenting” program and receive sets of free program publications when they agree to lead a series of sessions in their areas.

Sessions will be from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 for the following dates and locations: March 7, Hardin Co. Extension office in Elizabethtown; March 12, Caldwell Co. at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton; March 19, Floyd Co. Extension office in Prestonsburg; March 21, Pulaski Co. Extension office in Somerset. March 27, the session will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North in Lexington during Cooperative Extension’s three-day training on “Keys to Great Parenting,” March 26 through 28. Call your county agent for registration information or call the University of Kentucky at 859-257-7753.


Carole Gnatuk  859-257-5083