Child and Family Learning Network

Child and Family Learning Network July 21, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Learning Network Description

The Child and Family Learning Network Optimized Community of Practice (CoP) is a national collaboration of Family & Consumer Sciences. The Child and Family Learning Network is committed to collectively extending the public reach and engagement capacities of five individual CoPs:

Mission Statement

To provide high quality, practical, online educational resources and learning opportunities via eXtension to families and the communities who support them through integrated efforts focused on child and family well-being.

Vision Statement

To address, promote, and advocate timely research that directly impacts the well-being of today’s children and families while fostering a sense of community among Extension professionals and partners.


  • Create an online “One-Stop-Shop” for Child and Family information

  • Facilitate Social Media engagement and evaluation with Clientele and Educators

  • Coordinate webinars on Learning Network related topics

  • Aid in the production of professionally-created videos on key Webinar topics

  • Provide unique front page content via eXtension

  • Find additional contributors for Learning Network

  • Collaborate on group fundraising efforts

  • Assist COPs in assessing current efforts/impacts of delivery strategies and formats

  • Expand marketing support to include search engine optimization

  • Develop strategies for building capacity within the 5 CoPs and Super CoP

Community of Practice Fact Sheets

Leadership Team 

Extension colleagues from throughout the United States provide leadership for the development, adaptation and review of informational articles and frequently asked questions, the answering of Ask an Expert questions and the development and sharing of other resources. These dedicated faculty and staff keep the site up-to-date with current information and resources. Meet members of the Child and Family Learning Network Leadership Team.


The Child and Family Learning Network is pleased to partner with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. As a leading organization in the field of family and consumer sciences, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) recognized the need to increase the understanding and appreciation of the field among media, legislators, and the general public.  In the fall of 2010, AAFCS invited Family & Consumer Sciences Alliance organizations to be a part of the Family & Consumer Sciences Branding Initiative, where they would develop messages to clearly communicate the value of the family and consumer sciences field.

Please Share Your Thoughts and Ideas With Us

We hope you find the resources you need through the Child and Family Learning Network. Suggestions and comments are always welcome. Your ideas will help us further develop the site so that it meets the needs of child care professionals, parents, employers, and communities interested in supporting child care. Contact any member of the Leadership Team to share your ideas.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.