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Montana State University Extension of Yellowstone County is offering a six-week course designed to help custodial grandparents and other guardians learn how to strengthen self-care and parenting skills.

The GrandCares Program is based upon family resilience theory. The class is offered in partnership with the University of Hawaii and Colorado State University. It's open to guardians of of children of all ages.

The class will meet at the Friendship House, located at 3123 Eighth Ave. S., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 3, 17, 24, and May 1, 15 and 22. Dinner and child care will be provided.

The program provides caregivers the tools and skills to help them:

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  • Take better care of themselves.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Communicate effectively with family and professional service providers.
  • Make tough decisions.
  • Reduce guilt, anger and depression.
  • Set goals and problem solve.

The cost to attend is $20, which will be refunded upon completion of all six classes. Some scholarships are available. Registration is required.

To register, call Jackie Rumph, MSU Extension agent, at 256-2828 by March 30.

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