Human Development and Family Studies faculty seek to fulfill the land grant mission and bridge gaps between research and practice through campus and community collaborations.
Our research and outreach programs are inherently interdisciplinary and our faculty, as leading scholars in the field, have made pioneering advances in a variety of domains – LGBT families, family/child health, intimate partner violence, positive youth development, culturally-sensitive obesity prevention efforts, emotional regulation and attachment, adolescent risk/resilience from an international perspective, university-based child development labs, and more.
Our department is committed to translating research in ways that capture the attention of policy makers and make a positive impact on the everyday lives of people. The impact of our research is evident in our numerous outreach-focused projects and research-based interventions, as well as the breadth of our public engagement efforts relevant to local, statewide, national, and international stakeholders.
Our department houses several units that focus specifically on outreach:
The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) systematically translates research to practice and policy to inform the public and engage the community about issues relevant to the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families.
The Family Life Extension Team. University of Illinois Extension (UIE) is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois, offering evidence-based educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties.
Child Development Laboratory (CDL). The CDL provides high quality early childhood programming for 160 enrolled children and their families. As one of only three early childhood programs in east central Illinois accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the CDL meets standards of quality that go well beyond what State licensing regulations stipulate, thus ensuring that enrolled children are immersed in a learning and developmental environment that is based on what research would suggest are best practices in early childhood programming
Child Care Resource Service (CCRS). The CCRS, housed in Bevier Hall, serves 6 counties in central Illinois as part of a statewide network of resource and referral agencies that support the early care and education children. CCRS administers the Child Care Assistance Program in its region, serving on average 4,000 families (over 7,100 children) per year enabling parents to work or attend school and supporting the development of self-sufficiency.
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