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About Family Development

University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health and well-being.

Our Mission | Our Work | Our Impact | Support Us | Connect with Us

Our Mission

Extension Center for Family Development, through its nimbleness, innovation, and relevance, teaches families and those who serve families to make informed decisions leading to greater health, resilience and well-being. As a result of our programs, Minnesota families — no matter their makeup, structure, or place in life — possess the knowledge and skills to create resilient, healthy, and secure futures.

Our Work

We accomplish our mission by:

Our Impact

A snapshot of what we accomplished in 2014:

313k People reached through our website, publications, social networking, and more. That’s enough to fill the Target Center over 16 times!
43.7k People directly participated in our programs and education opportunities.
49% Adult participants representing racially/ethnically diverse populations.
6k Volunteer hours from partner organizations and individuals dedicated to helping Minnesota families.
144 Family Development faculty and staff working together to deliver quality education programming to families and practitioners throughout Minnesota.
103 Journal articles, evaluation reports, curricula, and other publications that reach thousands of people in Minnesota and nationwide.

Read the full 2014 Annual Report.

Support Us

You can help Family Development staff and programs have a greater impact on Minnesota families by giving to one of these funds:

Giving Spotlight

Marv Bauer

Jean W. Bauer’s legacy of research and outreach lives on thanks to funds contributed by her husband. More

Connect with Us

You can get connected to the Extension Center for Family Development by:

Related Resources

Applied Research and Evaluation — See more of our applied research and program evaluation projects.

Strengthening Minnesota Families (3.2 MB PDF) — Learn more about our work in this four-page brochure.

Who We Are (322 K PDF) — Download this handout about our promise to Minnesota families and how we accomplish our mission.

2014 Annual Report (1 MB PDF) — See highlights from the Extension Center for Family Development.

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