The Parenting Education Program in Greene County consists of two distinct programs designed to provide parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective parents. The two programs are the Home-Based Parenting Education Program and the Parenting Skills Training Program.

The Home-Based Parenting Education Program

The Home-Based Parenting Education Program works intensively with families in the home who have been referred exclusively by the Greene County Department of Social Services and other social service agencies.   In order to participate, a family must be referred by the Greene County Department of Social Services or other social service.

The experienced parenting educators provide hands-on practical education in any of the following areas:

  • Parenting skills
  • Child development and growth
  • Creating and maintaining a healthy, child friendly home environment
  • Home economics, including budgeting and consumer skills
  • Nutrition education (provided by the ESNY nutrition educators)
  • Communication Skills
  • Accessing community resources
  • Time management skills
  • Modeling quality interaction with children

Parenting Skills Training Program

The Parenting Skills Training Program entails a 16 week series of classes that are open to the general public and cover a variety of topics. They take place at the Department of Social Services and are offered twice a week: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 starting in February. For a complete schedule please contact our office.

For more information on either program please contact the following people:

Rebecca Polmateer
Community Health and Wellness Team Coordinator
Columbia and Greene Counties
(518) 828-3346 Ext. 205 (Columbia County)
(518) 622-9820 Ext.   (Greene County)



Peggy Henne
Parenting Program Educator
(518) 622-9820 Ext. 44


Eileen West
Parenting Program Educator
(518) 622-9820 Ext. 43

Megan Gardner
Parenting Program Educator
(518) 622-9820 Ext. 29



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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center, Hudson
Saturday, September 23rd 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
An Introduction to Fall Foraging
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Sunday, September 24th 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Preserving Herbs
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, September 28th 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pickling with a Boil Water Canner
Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center, Hudson
Thursday, October 5th 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sales & Swaps in Hudson and Acra (CANCELLED)
Extension Education Center, Hudson and Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Saturday, October 7th 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Contact CCE




Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Phone: 518-622-9820
Fax: 518-622-0115

Map to Acra office (see green pin)

Extension Education Center
 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-3346
Fax: 518-828-3069

Map to Hudson office (see green pin)

 2017 Major Financial Donors

The Bank of Greene County

Willow Springs Charitable Trust 

 100 Years in Photos!

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia County and Greene County.  We have a number of historical photos on exhibit in both offices.  Stop by either location and have a look!