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.
The Transgender Toolkit — Use these videos, recent research articles, and links to community organizations to take your work to the next level.
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.
University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium — 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.