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New Parenting Program Designed for Separated and Divorced Parents

New Mexico State University's Family Strengthening Partnership, a nationally recognized parenting education project, is adding a new series of free weekly parenting classes designed to help parents with separation or divorce.

The Wednesday evening classes, for parents with children ages 5 to11, will begin May 7 at Mesilla Park Recreation Center, 304 W. Bell Ave. and continue for 19 weeks.

"We'll have parents' and children's classes running simultaneously," said program coordinator Lisa Shields. "Bring the entire family for education and activities."

NMSU's departments of family and consumer sciences and Extension home economics initiated the community-based parenting education project in Doņa Ana County three years ago. It recently expanded into Otero County and northern New Mexico.

"We have programs for parents of infants and preschoolers, school-age children, and teen parents," Shields said. Classes for expectant parents will begin soon in Doņa Ana County, she added.

All of the classes cover family life skills and nutrition along with parenting, she said.

NMSU's Family Strengthening Partnership program was named one of the 10 most innovative programs serving young children and their families by the National Center for Children in Poverty. The Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C., also recognized the project as one of five innovative programs in the nation enhancing nutrition education with parenting education. Cornell University highlighted the project in a national satellite video conference on healthy families.

For more information on the classes or to sign up, contact Shields at (505) 646-3434. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the classes, please contact Shields in advance.