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Showing posts from August, 2018

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.

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.