The very prospect of a program that aims to strengthen families and help children succeed may seem too good to be true.

Yet, that's exactly what families can expect when they sign up for a free program for parents and caregivers and their middle school-age children.

Back by popular demand, the Strengthening Families Program will be available in the Northern Lehigh School District over a seven-week period.

The program will be held on Tuesdays from Oct. 4 through Nov. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. A free weekly dinner is provided for the entire family from 5:30-6. The program runs from 6-8. Free child care is provided for younger family members.

Parents and caregivers can enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and showing love; making house rules; encouraging good behavior; protecting their children from substance abuse; and learning to handle stress.

Kids can learn to prepare for their teen years; communicate with their parents; deal with stress and peer pressure; and avoid alcohol and drug problems.

The program is sponsored by the Northern Lehigh School District, Penn State Extension, and Valley Youth House.

For more information, contact Kay Rau at (610) 767-9846, or