Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) is a Cornell Cooperative Extension program designed for relative caregivers who are not the biological parents of the children in their care.

PASTA_GroupPhotoIt provides grandparents and other kinship caregivers with information, skills and resources designed to enhance their ability to provide effective care for the young relatives they are parenting.

PASTA consists of eight sessions that focus on topics including child development, discipline and guidance, caring for oneself as a caregiver, rebuilding a family, living with teens, legal issues and advocacy.

In New York City PASTA is a research project that will allow CUCE-NYC to obtain information about the effectiveness of PASTA in a large urban setting and to begin to develop evidence about the impact of this nationally known curriculum.

CUCE-NYC collaborates with NYC Department for the Aging’s Grandparents Resource Center on this initiative.

PASTA – NYC is one of many Family and Youth Development programs developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension – New York City. Learn about how our Positive Youth Development programs are engaging youth workers, community volunteers and other funders.


The Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS project was developed by Cornell University in 1989 as a prevention education resource for parents and guardians. Parents and guardians are often the primary health educators of children and teens, but sometimes need support to feel comfortable and confident communicating about HIV-related issues.

The project works to support parents, guardians and other adults to communicate accurate HIV-related information to children and teens in sensitive, age-appropriate, and developmentally appropriate ways. The goal of the project is to help save lives by reducing new HIV infections among young people.

The workshops include basic information on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact, skills development in HIV risk assessment and risk reduction, and extensive parent-child communication activities.

The Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS Teaching Guide gives detailed descriptions of the workshop activities. Over 3,500 volunteer parent educators have reached over 100,000 people with learning activities, primarily through Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations in New York State. The Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS curriculum is available in both English and Spanish.

Please contact us to learn more about the Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS project.