For over 20 years, the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) has created programs to bridge gaps between research and practice and policy. Through our partnerships, we create diverse educational and community-engaged programs to address pressing health and education challenges facing children and families.
Children's Mental Health Educational Resources
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 as a Public Health Issue — The video and discussion questions on this page will help you start conversations, and the issue brief and resource lists will help inform them.
Children’s Mental Health eReview — Our unique online publication reviews research and how it’s used in practice to promote children’s mental health.
Educational Videos — Find research and practice-based content on trauma-sensitive practices, children’s mental health, and community partnerships.
Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing — Find resources on the importance of considering historical trauma and cultural healing when working with families and communities.
Lessons from the Field — Our popular theme-based educational series engages and informs professionals and researchers who work in children’s mental health-related fields.
Research to Practice Series — CYFC co-sponsors this educational series with Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health at their annual Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference.
Community Engagement Efforts
Cultural Providers Network (CPN) — A unique coalition of providers for children and families of color, institutions of higher learning, and Minnesota policy professionals, CPN welcomes new attendees. CPN meets monthly with a goal of improving services for children by sharing best practices, networking with other professionals, and building bridges between science and practice.
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 learning and wellness.
Tough Conversations: Issues Facing Transgender Communities — CYFC staff and our scholar in residence are teaming up to share important insights on research and community work happening in the trans community.
Informing Policy and Practice
Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) — This William T. Grant Foundation-funded effort addresses challenges at the intersection of child welfare and education systems across three states: Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina.
National University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium (CFPC) — CYFC is a member of the National University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium. 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.
Wonder Years — Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood is a Science Museum of Minnesota exhibition. CYFC informed development of the exhibition, and conducted research on how it communicates research information to policymakers.