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Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) conducts its own, and partners with, a variety of programs, focused primarily on the integration of research, practice and policy. Centered around five guiding principles, our work is set in the context of multidisciplinary networks and community-university collaborations. CYFC also participates in work on the University of Minnesota campus and nationally to create cultural shifts and systems change on university campuses that promote public engagement and the development, support, and recognition of faculty, staff, students and community partners who conduct their research, teaching, programmatic and policy endeavors through respectful collaboration.

Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) — This WT Grant Foundation funded project is addressing the intersection of child welfare and education systems across three states: Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina.

Children's Mental Health Case Studies — These online, interactive tools encourage practitioners, instructors, graduate students, and community partners to collaborate together and explore how to respond effectively to children’s mental health needs.

Children’s Mental Health eReview — Online publication that promotes use of research in practice and policy in order to promote children’s mental health.

Children’s Mental Health Research to Practice Series — CYFC co-sponsors this series with Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) at the annual Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference.

Cultural Providers Network — A coalition of providers for children and families of color, institutions of higher learning and Minnesota policy professionals interested in bridging research with practice and policy.

CYFC Scholars — CYFC engages a small cohort of faculty, research staff and graduate students for four years, providing financial support, technical assistance, promotional and dissemination services, and professional development. The program strives to generate research related to the intersection of education and health disparities and enhance the capacity of faculty to conduct community-engaged research.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners — CYFC is engaging in a participatory partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School in East Saint Paul to develop engaging learning environments that enhance student academic success.

Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing — Resources on the importance of considering historical trauma and cultural healing in work with families and communities.

Lessons from the Field — A theme-based educational seminar series that engages and informs practitioners and researchers who work in children’s mental health-related fields.

National University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium (CFPC) — CYFC is a member of the National University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium (CFPC). CFPC fosters national scientific collaboration around child and family policy issues, cross-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate training and effective translation between research, practice, and policy issues.

CYFC is leading a WT Grant funded effort with colleagues in CFPC from Duke University and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to bring together policymakers and researchers across three states (Illinois, North Carolina, and Minnesota) to address issues surrounding the intersection of child welfare and education. More information.

Wonder Years — Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood is a Science Museum of Minnesota exhibition. CYFC staff are conducting research on how this museum exhibition or related citizen dialogues may effectively communicate research-based information to policymakers, and to what extent that knowledge may impact policymakers’ decision-making on early childhood issues.

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