What’s in a Name?

The Families and Child Well-Being Learning Network made its debut at the National eXtension Conference in late March of this year.  As our Learning Network continued to grow—and spark the interest of others—the Executive Team realized something pretty important: our name was a mouthful!

The Name-Change Process

After consideration from our Executive Team, we polled our partnering Communities of Practice for input using a Qualtrics-housed survey.  Thus, the CHILD AND FAMILY LEARNING NETWORK (CFLN) name was coined.

Our name is new, but our mission and vision remain the same.  We strive to provide high quality, practical, online educational resources and learning opportunities via eXtension to children, families, and communities, as well as to the professionals who support them.  Through integrated efforts within the field of Family and Consumer Sciences and through the larger Extension system, we work to address, promote, and advocate timely research that directly impacts today’s children and families while building a sense of community among Extension and FCS professionals and partners.

Instead of filling your mouth with our former title, the Child and Family Learning Network wants to fill your life and home with research-based information that makes your job as a parent, caregiver, provider, supporter, [insert role here] easier.  We care about you, your family, and community, and we hope to provide you with information and resources that will enhance your life and well-being.

New Kids on the Block

No, I’m not talking about the late ‘80s boy band, but rather the newest eXtension collaborative, the Child and Family Learning Network.  The Learning Network is an optimized Community of Practice (CoP) that is comprised of five individual CoPs:

  1. eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care;
  2. Families, Food and Fitness;
  3. Family Caregiving;
  4. Financial Security for All; and
  5. Just in Time Parenting.

We are a national collaboration of Family & Consumer Sciences professionals that strives to create and distribute research-based information to strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, and communities across our disciplines.  Our mission is to provide high quality, practical, online educational resources and learning opportunities to families—and the professionals and communities who support them—through integrated efforts within the larger field of Family and Consumer Sciences.

What all this means is that we care. We care about promoting research-based resources on topics such as parenting, nutrition, childcare, finances, and caregiving.  We hope to become a “one-stop-shop” for credible information backed by some of the best from America’s land-grant universities.

The Child and Family Executive Team understands the demands of our fast-paced world, which is why we provide information at your fingertips, accessible when it is most convenient for YOU! Please visit our website (www.extension.org/families_and_child_well_being) for resources such as an upcoming events calendar, links to multidisciplinary webinars and articles, and leadership team contact information. In addition to our website, you can find us on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.

What are you waiting for? Connect with us and together let’s strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, and communities!

Katie Stamper
Project Manager
Child and Family Learning Network