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June 27, 2017

Greater social and emotional competence can increase academic achievement, high school graduation, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship.

May 12, 2017

Parent-teacher conferences are an important vehicle for home-school communication and family involvement in schools.To have an effective meeting with your child's teacher, prepare for the meeting by jotting down some questions beforehand, share updates with your child's teacher, and be open minded regarding the feedback you receive.

January 11, 2017

Many parents are harried running their children from activity to activity. But is the level of involvement right for the family? Learn what parents can do to examine their pace of life and determine if it's a good fit for them and their children.

December 5, 2016

Why do we wait so long to learn about our ancestors, the histories behind the lives of our families? Recording oral histories now is one way we can preserve these histories.

November 7, 2016

Communication is important when parenting, especially with adolescents. Active listening is key to effective communication. Read on to learn more about listening to your teens.

October 10, 2016

Take time this fall for family fun whether carving a pumpkin, going on a hayride, finding your way in the corn maze or roasting hot dogs on the campfire.

July 22, 2016

All human beings have basic needs in addition to food and water. These basic needs are: Belonging, Power, Enjoyment and Independence. This applies to teenagers as well. Because this is a time of tremendous social and emotional growth, these needs are even stronger.

Results from the PROSPER study show that school and family-based interventions used in combination can result in a 15% decrease in opioid misuse by the time young people reach age 25.
July 13, 2016

Communities which have implemented evidence-based prevention programs using the PROSPER model have seen significant reductions in substance misuse including prescription opiates.

Dodson Elementary's SFP: 10-14 Team
May 2, 2016

Luzerne County’s newest PROSPER expansion site is Wilkes-Barre Area’s Dodson Elementary.

April 20, 2016

In recent years, researchers have been studying the impacts of gratitude on individual well-being and health. People who are consistently grateful have been found to be happier, more energetic, and more hopeful and report experiencing more frequent positive emotions. Read on to learn how you can practice gratitude.

February 22, 2016

Parenting is often challenging. When families are in crises due to divorce, illness, unemployment, or other issues, it can become even more difficult to maintain balance in the home...

Riverside families proudly display their family shields during The Strengthening Families Program.
February 2, 2016

The Riverside School District becomes the newest PROSPER site in Lackawanna County.

January 7, 2016

Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP) integrates family dinner into each session. This enables families to begin to build the habit of dining together into their family life.

November 24, 2015

Many teens own cell phones. While they are convenient for parents to monitor and communicate with their youth, they require setting ground rules and clear expectations to avoid problematic situations.

October 9, 2015

Benefits of Eating Together: Family meals provide nutrients that kids need to grow strong and healthy, such as calcium, fiber and iron.

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September 15, 2015

All of us including children experience stress. Kids may have stress from a variety of sources at home, school, or friends and relationships...

September 2, 2015

Family meetings provide an opportunity to coordinate family schedules, improve communication, and have fun together.

June 26, 2015

The use of social media is common among youth. Parents can provide guidance for their children so their online activities are done safely and respectfully to protect themselves and others.

May 4, 2015

The Laurel Highlands Prosper site in Fayette County successfully completed their first Strengthening Families Program 10-14 this month.

March 13, 2015

Parents who are aware of their children's activities and whereabouts have kids who are less likely to get involved with problem behaviors. Good parental monitoring involves setting clear expectations for behavior, having consequences in place when the rules are broken, and actively tracking your child's behavior.