raisingathinkingchildRaising A Thinking Child  (RTC) is an evidence-based parenting program for parents and caregivers of children 4 to 7 years (give or take) that was developed and researched by Dr. Myrna Shure. RTC has demonstrated effectiveness in developing interpersonal cognitive problem-solving skills in young children, improving parenting skills and parent-child communication, and in decreasing both impulsive and inhibited behaviors in young children.”

RTC has been listed as a model evidence-based program on the Strengthening America’s Families  and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  model programs websites.

rtc-workbookRaising a Thinking Child is offered by UW-Extension Door County for FREE. Childcare and meal provided. Click the Sign-Up for Next Class button below for more information. 


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In 2017 a documentary about Dr. Myrna Shure and her work with Raising a Thinking Child was filmed.

Sturgeon Bay was featured in the documentary!

Impact on Door County Families

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Each Raising a Thinking Child course utilizes background checked volunteers to watch the parent participants’ children while the parents are attending class. The course is 8 sessions long, meet weekly, include free childcare and a meal. Volunteers will receive the free meal as well should they choose to arrive at the designated meal time prior to the session.

The course is offered periodically throughout the year either on a weeknight or on a weekday and each session will require 2 hours of your time. 

If this is something you would like to learn more about and possibly volunteer for, please contact Candis Dart at (920) 421-3145 or email her at doorcountypartnership4children@gmail.com.