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About Family Development

University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Family Development helps families make informed decisions leading to better health and well being.

Our Impact by the Numbers

313k People reached through our website, publications, social networking, and more. That’s enough to fill the Target Center over 16 times!
43.7k People directly participated in our programs and education opportunities.
49% Adult participants representing racially/ethnically diverse populations.
6k 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.
103 Journal articles, evaluation reports, curricula, and other publications that reach thousands of people in Minnesota and nationwide.

 

Read the full 2014 Annual Report.

What We Do

Our staff strengthens and empowers Minnesota families by working directly with families and the professionals that serve them. We draw on the knowledge and resources of the University of Minnesota to help families reach their full potential. Given our connections throughout every county in Minnesota, we are uniquely qualified to help deliver organizations’ programs and reach families where they live, work, and play.

How We Do It

We accomplish this by:

Our Mission

The Center, 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.

Getting Connected

In addition to participating in one of our many educational offerings, you can get connected to the Extension Center for Family Development by:

Giving Back

You can help Family Development staff and programs have more impact on Minnesota families by giving to one of these funds:

Related Resources

Research and Evaluation — See more of our applied research and program evaluation projects.

Family Development Online Courses — Find an online course for yourself or the clients you serve today.

Extension Center for Family Development Brochure (3.2 MB PDF) — Learn more about our work.

Who We Are (322 K PDF) — Download this handout about our promise to Minnesota families and how we accomplish our mission.

2014 Annual Report (1 MB PDF) — See highlights from the Extension Center for Family Development.

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