Serving the citizens of Champaign-Urbana and the state of Illinois at large, our faculty are dedicated to applied research and educational outreach in the areas of parenting, child care, relationships, health promotion, youth services and more. Our outreach efforts often extend to individuals and families in states across the nation and internationally (e.g., Mexico).

We have a long tradition of creating unique educational resources and programs for helping families and working with children. These resources and developed in-part through centers and services such as our Child Development LaboratoryChild Care Resource Service, and The Autism Program.

Although most of our educational programs are delivered through traditional, face to face workshops, we have also created online delivery systems for many of our programs. Parenting 24/7, for example, is web-based resource for parents created by Dr. Aaron Ebata. The program provides research-based information that is accessible to parents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has won national awards for outstanding Extension programming.