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    Family Album Radio
    Family Album Radio is a daily radio program on family issues, designed to help families improve their lives. This research based radio program on family life is distributed through National Public Radio and a companion website. Podcasts and MP3 files are archived on a host of topics including: parenting, relationships, caregiving, health, nutrition, family finances and home safety.

    Keeping in Touch- When Distance Keeps You Apart
    Tips on how to stay in touch with relatives and family members separated by distance.

    Family Talk/Charlas Familiares
    This fact sheet explores types of communication within families and offers suggestions for improving family relationships. English and Spanish versions available.

    Reclaiming the Family Table
    This fact sheet describes how eating together at the table can improve family communication. Suggestions for maintaining this trend are provided.


    How to Get Informed, Involved, and Really Help in your Child's Education
    Parents are children's most import teachers, advisers, and advocates. This handout serves as an introduction to help parents become more involved in their child's education. Specific advice for parents includes: how to inform schools about child attendance, why they should attend parent conferences, how to get to know teachers, and how to speak up for their child.

    Futures Festival: An Intergenerational Perspective to Community Development
    An instructional guidebook outlining how to implement "Futures Festival" special events as a strategy for engaging people of all ages in constructive dialogue about community development issues. Community residents of all ages and public officials come together at a community event to share their ideas about community development.


    Purposeful Parenting: A Manual for Extension Educators working with Incarcerated Parents
    Purposeful Parenting is a guide to getting started in working with incarcerated parents. It offers three components: An Educational Framework organized around NEPEM, a Starter Kit and Lessons Learned about developing educational outreach programs for this audience.

    Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE)
    The 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE) Program is a family strengthening and support program for youth who have an incarcerated family member

    Building Family Strengths: Overview
    This fact sheet provides information on ten identified family strengths and briefly describes what they mean and how they are helpful. The strengths are communication, contentment, history, humor, optimism, resiliency, self-esteem, spirituality, unity, and values.


    Implementation Evaluation of Family Programs
    This bulletin provides practical, how-to information on evaluating parent and family programs from an implementation evaluation approach. Ways to use CYFERnet resources in this process evaluation are highlighted.

    Strengthening Families Program Statewide Outcomes
    This research brief documents the successful implementation of Iowa State University's "Strengthening Families Program" offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators from January through November, 2007 across five New York counties and in New York City.

    Prenatal and Home Visitation by Nurses: Recent Findings
    This article describes a 20 year old program of research on the Nurse Home Visitation Program, a model in which nurses visit mothers beginning during pregnancy and continuing until the child's second birthday to improve pregnancy outcomes, to promote children's health and development, and to strengthen families' economic self-sufficiency.

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    Home Visiting: Recent Program Evaluations - Analysis and Recommendations
    This issue of the Future of Children contains a comprehensive review of current evaluations and research of home visiting programs including the Healthy Families America and Hawaii's Healthy Start Program.

    Eat Smart Move More
    Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina, a statewide movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray. It is guided by the work of the Eat Smart, Move More NC (ESMM) Leadership Team, a multi-disciplinary team comprised of statewide partners working together to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

    Strengthening Families Program
    The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parenting skills, and build family strengths.

    DARE to be You
    The DARE to be You program (DTBY) is a research based multi-level prevention program. It was selected as one of the first national replication prevention programs and is now on the National Registry for Effective Prevention Programs. It builds on the strengths of youth and develops individual assets in youth, families, schools, and community organizations.

    Ages and Stages Publications
    Learn about physical, mental, and social and emotional development of children. The Ages and Stages publications provide information geared to the specific age of a child from 1 month to 11 years.

    Navigating Work and Family
    Navigating Work and Family was developed to support working families in the decisions they face about family life. The series of 10 handouts can be a useful resource for schools, social service and counseling centers, parent information centers, early childhood centers, and work settings.


    Continuity, Success, and Survival of Community-Based Projects: The National Youth At Risk Program Sustainability Study
    The National Youth at Risk Program Sustainability Study is an analysis of 94 community-based projects funded from 1991 to 1998 by the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).

    Ongoing Community-based Program Implementation, Successes, and Obstacles: The National Youth at Risk Program Sustainability Study
    The National Youth at Risk Programs Sustainability Study was designed to examine the sustainability of Youth at Risk projects initially funded through the USDA/CSREES CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families at risk) Initiative. The current report focuses on 94 Youth at Risk (YAR) projects four years after their initial grant ended and represents the latest in a series of reports focused on the sustainability of these projects.

    Patterns of Project Survival & Organizational Support: The National Youth at Risk Program Sustainability Study
    The central questions addressed in this brief report are: What is the current status of Youth at Risk projects originally funded by this USDA initiative? What are the dominant ways that projects have continued? What are the past and present roles of Cooperative Extension in supporting community-based projects?

    Sustaining Community-based Programs for Families: Conceptualization and Measurement
    This link is to a journal article abstract published by members of the CYFERnet Evaluation Team that focuses on how to assess community-based program sustainability. Contact information for obtaining the article is provided.


    Family eJournal
    Family eJournal is an interactive website that promotes family closeness by providing a simple way for family members to express their thoughts and feelings to one another. Family eJournal's goal is to improve family connectedness by allowing parents and their children to share their thoughts and feelings through online, guided communication. Provides links to other resources and news articles related to family communication.

    Technology Trend: Presence Technologies
    Presence Technologies enable short messages across Internet and mobile phones to signal location and availability. It is being used in a variety of ways. The most popular of them at the moment is twitter.

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