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Separation of Families

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you are aware, Dr. Katherine (Katie) Lingras is the Extension’s CYFC scholar in residence for 2018. Dr. Lingras serves on the faculty and co-directs the Early Childhood Mental Program in the UMN Department of Psychiatry.

I recently asked Dr. Lingras to write an article for Family Matters on the separation of families at the U.S. southern border, its impact on children and how we might respond. She specializes in social-emotional development in early and middle childhood, with an emphasis on children on children who experience traumatic events.


Recent posts

Coffee with Coffey next Friday

By Michael Brott, communications manager

Our bimonthly Coffee with Coffey will take place next Friday, August 17 at 10:00 am. We are excited that three educators will be sharing information about their work in the area of early childcare, and parenting. It is exciting to see how the topic cuts across all areas of FD.

Mary Schroeder — Health and nutrition in the child care setting
Cari Michaels — Our new CYFC Scholar's focus on early childhood mental health
Ellie McCann — Parenting classes inside of our corrections facilities

As you are aware, Family development has been growing this new format as a way to to provide a more informal opportunity for sharing and learning between off-campus staff and Coffey hall.

New intranet makeover underway

By Michael Brott, communications manager



As you know the Family Matters blog got a makeover last month. This month, it is the the newly formatted FD intranet. The site focuses on FD-related information. Most other relevant information you need as a University of Minnesota and Extension employee can be found on the myU portal and Extension intranet respectively.

While we are still updating information, the new site is cleaner, mobilly responsive and, we hope, an asset to your great work.

In robotics or Extension—engagement is the glue that holds everything together

By Mary Jo Katras, program leader in family resiliency

I was recently reminded how multifaceted the work of Extension is. There are many parts that go into our work—leadership, teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service. I have come to realize each plays a critical role.

However, I think that as we work with new audiences to address grand challenges and wicked problems, and as we strive for innovation, engagement is especially critical. It is the glue of any work we do in our communities across Minnesota and with our colleagues nationally. At first glance, the role of engagement is not obvious. But if you look past the surface and examine the inner workings of a team, you will likely see what I mean!
A robotics team example Here’s a personal example. A few years ago when my oldest daughter, now 15 years old, was in 8th grade, her school was forming its first robotics team. My husband and I encouraged her to join. I thought I knew the basics of what a robotics …

Coffee with Coffey

By Michael Brott, communications manager


Thank you to all who participated in our June Coffee with Coffey conversation. (Can you tell I like alliteration?). Family development has been growing this new format as a way to to provide a more informal opportunity for sharing and learning between off-campus staff and Coffey hall. We believe our work is better when we are more connected to each other. Recent feedback has been very positive and constructive. The remaining 2018 Coffee with Coffey dates have been added to your calendars. As always, recordings of past conversations are on our FD intranet.

FD in the news

Here’s a monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work of Family Development staff and partners.

Hillside Farmers Market to open June 19
Howie Hanson (blog)

Thanks to Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Essentia Health, SNAP customers are matched one-to-one, up to $15 dollars per market day, when using an EBT card at the market. Any children under 18 receive free $4 tokens to spend on produce through the Power of Produce (PoP) Club, with funding from Essentia Health and University of Minnesota Extension.

Crookston’s Marketplace debuts Thursday
Crookston Times

Stay tuned every Thursday for a new Marketplace theme with free entertainment and activities, plus, beginning July 12, the University of Minnesota Extension Power of Produce grant will be available weekly for kids ages 0-18 to receive vouchers for free produce from the Crookston Farmer’s Market.

Veterans harvest market, Power of Produce returns to Prior Lake
Jordan Independent

In 2017, the market raised nearly $4,000 for veteran…