About Family Development
University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health and well-being.
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.
We accomplish our mission by:
- Delivering trustworthy, relevant, and research-based education.
- Working closely with communities and organizations to build the strengths of individuals and families of all types and backgrounds.
- Capitalizing on University research and faculty.
- Building a faculty and staff team.
- Showing key stakeholders the value of our work.
- Securing resources to sustain and grow programs.
To learn more about our work and the communities we serve, read about the 2015 Regional Visits.
Here's a snapshot of what we accomplished in 2015:
- 259,596 people reached through our website, publications, social networking, and more.
- 34,394 people directly participated in our programs and education opportunities.
- 45% adult participants representing racially/ethnically diverse populations.
- 5,580 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.
- 49 journal articles, evaluation reports, curricula, and other publications that reach thousands of people in Minnesota and nationwide.
- 9 active applied research projects aiming to understand families' access to healthy food.
Read the full 2015 Annual Report.
You can help Family Development staff and programs have a greater impact on Minnesota families by giving to one of these funds:
Qualey-Skjervold Scholarship and Professional Development Fund — This fund supports professional development and scholarships for University of Minnesota Extension professionals in family development.
Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management — This fund supports University of Minnesota Extension program initiatives in family economics, and may assist with basic financial literacy programming, public policy education regarding families struggling with limited incomes, online resources, and professional development.
Jean Illsley Clarke and Richard Clarke Fund for Parent Education — The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to Parent Education programs and their development at the University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Family Development. This includes, but is not limited to, the creation of online, independent learning activities and books, and to contribute to the development of a template for designing online self-guided learning activities.
Cooking Matters® Minnesota — This fund provides support for nutrition education through the University of Minnesota Extension Cooking Matters® program.
Sharon Torbenson O'Gorman Fund in Nutrition — This fund supports nutrition education and outreach efforts in the Center for Family Development at the University of Minnesota Extension.
Children, Youth & Family Consortium Fund — This fund supports the diverse programs and activities of the University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth, and Family Consortium.
Extension Center for Family Development — This fund supports the programs of the Center for Family Development at University of Minnesota Extension
Connect with Us
You can get connected to the Extension Center for Family Development by:
- Participating in one of our Family Development Online Courses.
- Joining our listserv for professionals: Family Education Network (FEN).
- Getting involved with our Cooking Matters® MN program by becoming a Volunteer.
- Exploring an available staff position: Employment and Jobs: Family Development.
- Contacting the Family Development Leadership Team.
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.
2015 Annual Report — See highlights from the Extension Center for Family Development.
Cooperative Extension: Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives — Get an overview of what Extension is on a national level, including what it does, why it is valued, how it is organized, and more.