Families, Finances and Wellness

What We Do:

UW-Madison Division of Extension Human Development and Relationships Programs respond to local needs with educational, research-based programs and partnerships that enhance the well-being of Wisconsin families and communities.

Families & Finances (Human Development & Relationships)


Extension Kewaunee County Resources:

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

For more information and to register, contact Renee Koenig at 388-7137 or renee.koenig@wisc.eduAsk about in-person and Zoom video classes.

Taking Care of You: Body, Mind, Spirit

  • Learn healthier habits for coping with life’s challenges.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children With Special Health Needs

  • For family caregivers of children (including adult children) with special needs.
  • The program will provide tools and strategies to help you handle the unique challenges you face.

Aging Mastery Program

  • For adults in their later years of life.
  • Learn strategies and set goals for aging well involving exercise, nutrition, finances, advance care planning, community engagement, and healthy relationships.

Mental Health First Aid

  • For any adults who regularly interact with youth.
  • Learn how to help a young person in crisis or having a mental health challenge.

Trauma Informed Caregiving

  • For anyone caring for children or teens who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn about traumatic stress and how to help children develop healthy behaviors.

Divorce and Co-parenting Support

  • For divorcing, separating or unmarried parents.
  • Learn ways to reduce conflict and help children cope with family challenges.
  • Also receive weekly supportive text messages.

Raising A Thinking Child

  • For caregivers of children ages 4-7.
  • Learn to help children solve problems on their own and argue less.

How to Handle Stress on the Farm (from Michigan State University Extension)

  • The online course is designed to help farmers and their families understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress.

Home Alone: Preparing Children for Self-Care (in Spanish, en Espanol)

  • For parents and their school-age children.
  • The program provides safety lessons to prepare children for unsupervised time alone at home.

Money Matters

  • Learn basic budgeting and cost-saving steps to improve your family finances.

For more information and to register, contact Renee Koenig at 388-7137 or renee.koenig@wisc.edu

Co-Parenting Class

Co-Parenting Communication Video

To register for in-person or Zoom video classes, contact Renee Koenig, renee.koenig@wisc.edu or 920-388-7137.
About the Course

This class is for parents who are experiencing divorce or separation or parents who have never married and are dealing with issues of paternity, parenting time or child support.  Parents are urged to work out family transition decisions without putting their children in the middle.  The class covers how family change affects children, co-parenting, communication and conflict.

The goals of the program are to: 

  • Take care of yourself so you can best care for your children.
  • Improve child well-being and strengthen parent-child relationships.
  • Improve communication and reduce parental conflict.
  • Put the best interests of the children first.

The cost of the program is $28.

Co-Parenting Divorce Brochure and Mail-In Registration Form

Register online by clicking here.

To register for the class, contact:
Renee Koenig
810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee, WI 54216

Online Class
The 4-hour Parents Forever online class is available here https://extension.umn.edu/courses-and-events/parents-forever-4-hour-online-course

Parenting and Family Education

For more parenting resources please visit http://parenting.extension.wisc.edu/


Home Alone: Preparing Children for Self-Care

Is your child ready for self-care? Visit the UW Extension’s Home Alone web site to view an online video program that can help in developing your family’s home alone plan.


Just in Time Parenting  is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. They are designed so that information that’s relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time!

Parenting the Preschooler fact sheets to help you and your toddler.

Raising Caring Kids uses short articles and videos to teach different social and emotional learning skills to parents of 1st-5th graders.

Plain Talk for Parents


Talking to Children about Tragedy

When tragedy occurs, it is important for parents to talk to their kids about what happened. This gives children the chance to express their feelings and their understanding of what happened. For many parents, this can be a difficult task. There are some guidelines for parents when talking to their child about a tragedy:

Adapt your conversation to your child’s age and level of understanding. The most important thing to keep in mind when talking to your child about a tragedy is the age and development of your child. Some children have more intense reactions to situations. This might determine the explanation or the amount of detail you give.

Encourage expression of feelings. Ask children to share their thoughts and feelings.  Help young children express feelings through play, drawing or telling a story. Tell them it is alright to feel scared, angry, or confused. It is important not to dismiss your child’s feelings. Discuss how to think about tragedies and ways to be empathic for people affected by tragedy.

Remain calm. Generally children look to adults in times of tragedy and may mimic or pick up on the emotions of adults around. Your child will look to you to see how you react to the situation. Take time to get control over your own emotions before you talk to your child. This video clip from Mister Rogers may give parents some helpful ideas.  http://www.fredrogers.org/frc/news/rare-video-mister-rogers-talks-children-adults-about-violence

Limit media exposure. Exposure to media coverage of the event should be limited especially for young children. Avoid constant and harsh exposure to images of violence or disaster through television or other media.  Repeated exposure to images of violence can lead to trauma, anxiety or unhealthy responses.  Be available to discuss what your children see and help them make sense of disturbing images.

You don’t need to give a reason. Many times youth may ask why an event happened, and adults may feel obligated to answer. Many times there is no known reason. Be careful not to blame a cultural, racial, ethnic, religious or another group. Teach children that alternatives to violence are available and discuss peaceful methods of action.

Reassure children about their safety. Explain what you, as a parent, and others will do to provide security. However, do not ignore the terror associated with events. Acknowledge children’s concerns for others.

Engage children in activities that relieve stress. Suggestions might include walking or other types of exercise, listening to music or engaging in spiritual activities.

Overall it is important for parents to talk to their child when tragedy strikes, even if the task is difficult. It is important for your child to feel that they are supported and safe, especially in a difficult time.

For more guidance on talking with your children, contact Renee Koenig, Family Living Educator, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Kewaunee County renee.koenig@uwex.edu.

Caregiving and Aging


Have you mastered the art of aging? The Aging Mastery Program® is a fun program that can help you improve your health, financial security, and overall well-being.

For more information about upcoming classes, contact Renee Koenig at renee.koenig@wisc.edu.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – A resource for grandparents raising grandchildren: http://www.grandfamilies.org/Portals/0/State%20Fact%20Sheets/Grandfamilies-Fact-Sheet-Wisconsin.pdf.  This in-depth fact sheet provides information about resources and programs related to grandparenting, including public resources, legal considerations, etc. 


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**Caregiver Resource Guide**

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore

Contact the ADRC of the Lakeshore for local programs on Caregiving and Aging and to subscribe to the Senior Scene newsletter. Toll free: 877-416-7083.

Classes and Seminars

Caregiver Support Groups

These groups provide a great opportunity for caregivers and family members to share and learn from other experiencing similar frustrations and concerns.  Occasionally, speakers are brought in to provide valuable information and resources.

Kewaunee County Caregiver Support Groups:

  • Early-Stage Dementia Support Group:
    Each meeting will host two groups simultaneously in separate meeting rooms:  One group for individuals affected by dementia and/or memory loss (early stage).  One for the family caregivers of individuals affected by dementia.  (Assessment necessary prior to first session.)
    :  Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore
    810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee  WI  54216
    Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00AM
    Please RSVP by calling 1-877-416-7083
  • Mug Club (Caregiver Club):
    This is an opportunity for caregivers to meet other caregivers, share their experiences, gain support in providing care for your loved ones and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
    Location:  St. John’s Lutheran Church
    700 Heritage Road, Luxemburg, WI  54217
    Church Education Wing
    Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30AM
  • Understanding Grief
    • For more information call Unity at 800-990-9249

Caregiving and Aging Links


Food Preservation and Safety

Please visit our Food Safety page for more information.

Healthy Living

Helping individuals, families, and communities create health by providing research-based programs to help you make healthy choices across the lifespan.


StrongWomen™ Strong Men Strength Training Classes




Health Literacy

Health Insurance and Health Literacy https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/healthinsurance/

How-To Sheets http://www.coveringwi.org/learn

Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County, Inc.  http://literacykewauneeco.org/

Healthy Eating Family Fun Night

Health and Safety Night

Dental Health at Back to School Event



Play Together

Healthy Homes

Some of the most serious problems for children may start at home. Download a free copy of the “Help Yourself to a Healthy Home“ publication so that you access additional information on such topics as: indoor air quality, asthma & allergies, mold & moisture, carbon monoxide, lead, drinking water, hazardous household products, pesticides and home safety.

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Green Cleaning

Today’s home is loaded with toxic and polluting substances. The cost of these commercial, chemcial based products can be high-long term health concerns for the family, and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal.  There are many inexpensive and easy to use alternatives which can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Environmentally safe products include: white vinegar, baking soda, soap, lemon, borax, washing soda, and cornstarch.

For additional green cleaning information:

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension (Green Cleaning Fact Sheet & Recipes) 

Money Management

Please visit our Financial Education for more information

Resources for Families

Please visit Resources for Families for more information.

Recursos en Español/Resources in Spanish

Please visit Recursos en Español/Resources in Spanish for more information.




If you have any questions regarding Families, Finances and Wellness in Kewaunee County, please contact:

Renee Koenig
Kewaunee County – UW Extension
810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216
(920) 388-7137
Email: renee.koenig@wisc.edu

Erin Dahle – Program Assistant
Phone: (920) 388-7141