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  • High quality research-based information, learning and collaboration opportunities, connected to landgrant colleges and universities.

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    About CYFERnet

    If you're a professional serving children, youth and families or a parent with your own children, you know that finding reliable, high quality, research-based information on the Web can be a major challenge. That's where CYFERnet can help you. CYFERnet's Web site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. Through CYFERnet you can also interact with your colleagues and share your work nationally.

    How Can I Use CYFERnet?

    CYFERnet is designed to be used by anyone who needs comprehensive children, youth, or family information including: educators, researchers, parents, youth agency staff, community members, human services and health care providers, students, policy makers, youth, and the media. CYFERnet provides:

    • information on for child and youth devleopment, parenting, families, and community development.
    • practical research-based tools, curricula and activities for working with children, youth, families programs.
    • a database to help you identify experts in the areas of children, youth, and family across the country.
    • opportunities to interact with CYFAR professionals in our webinars and online communities.
    • access to the latest research, statistical, and demographic information.
    • resources and instruments for program evaluation.
    • information on 3000 community-based programs serving vulnerable populations.
    • information on the programmatic use of the latest technologies.

    How Can I Contact CYFERnet?

    For general questions about CYFERnet, the best way to contact us is to send an email to cyfarpdta@umn.edu with relevant background or specific information. (If you have a question about a specific online resource, please include the URL.) We will forward your question to the person best qualified to answer it.

    What is the History of CYFERnet?

    CYFERnet is a national network of Land Grant university faculty and county Extension educators working to support community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families. Through CYFERnet, partnering institutions merge resources into a "national network of expertise" working collaboratively to assist communities. CYFERnet provides program, evaluation and technology assistance for children, youth and family community-based programs. CYFERnet is funded as a joint project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Cooperative Extension System. You can read more information on USDA's community projects by visiting the USDA's Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program site.

    The original CYFERnet Internet site was created in 1992 by professionals working for the Cooperative Extension System (USDA) and the National Agricultural Library. It originated as the online youth and family development research and program resource for USDA. The current CYFERnet project builds directly on the work of five original human resource networks established in 1993 in the areas of child care, collaboration, family resiliency, health, and science and technology as well as the original CYFERnet Web site and the Children, Youth and Families at Risk Evaluation Collaboration. CYFERnet materials are made available through national conferences, online publications, and electronic technology including web sites, listservs, collaboration tools, video, and other media.

    As part of USDA's Children, Youth and Families at Risk Program, CYFERnet is committed to the vision that: CHILDREN will have their basic physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs met. Babies will be born healthy. YOUTH will demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior necessary for fulfilling, contributing lives. FAMILIES will promote positive, productive and contributing lives for all family members. PARENTS will take primary responsibility for meeting their children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs and provide moral guidance and direction. COMMUNITIES will provide safe, secure environments for families with children.