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About Family Development

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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:

To learn more about our work and the communities we serve, read about the 2015 Regional Visits.

Our Impact

Here's a snapshot of what we accomplished in 2015:

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Read the full 2015 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:

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:

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.

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.

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