A child’s first five years are very important, and the team at The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Center on Standpipe Road in Jackson is aiming to help parents and caregivers make the most of them with the Active Parenting: First Five Years program.

Written by parenting expert (and dad) Dr. Michael Popkin, this course shows how to nurture a child with a “just right” combination of freedom and non-violent discipline. Through this program, parents/caregivers will learn what a baby’s cry means, ages and stages of development, building a strong bond, a child’s growing brain, using mindfulness to keep a cool head, effective discipline young children understand, choices and consequences, and six ways to prepare a child for school success.

Winter 2021 dates are as follows: Wednesday, Feb. 24; Wednesday, March 3; Tuesday, March 9; and Wednesday, March 10, all from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Extension Office, 17 Standpipe Road, Jackson.

Those interested in registering for this free class are asked to contact Tammy Jones, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator with the Pike County OSU Extension Office, by calling 740-289-4837 or via email at jones.5640@osu.edu. Participants will receive gift cards for attending, as well as books and refreshments.