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Child & Family Development Project

Discover how to be self-reliant and responsible, how to handle emergencies, and develop home-alone skills. Learn about home safety and age-appropriate toys, nutritious snacks for children, and how to create a poem, story or game.

Consumer Child & Family Development

State & regional events

To view county or local club events, visit the county website.

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Consumer Decision Making Judging Contests

Participants judge five classes in the areas of personal care, entertainment & leisure, clothing & textiles, consumerism & personal finance, and nutrition. Participants also have a questions class, in which they recall facts about the items in a class. Intermediate participants (grades 6-8) present one set of reasons and senior participants (grades 9+) present two sets of reasons to a judge. More info.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Child & Family Development Project resources

Beginning to learn about child & family development:

Some experience with this project:

Project leader resources

Other online resources

4-H Youth record keeping

Project evaluation


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