Published on February 27, 2014
Optimized Community of Practice Inaugural Webcast February 27, 2014
The Families and Child Well-Being Learning Network is an eXtension Optimized Community of Practice (CoP) that is committed to collectively extending the public reach and engagement capacities of five individual CoPs: (1) eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care; (2) Family Caregiving; (3) Families, Food and Fitness; (4) Financial Security for All; and (5) Just in Time Parenting.
¡ The Learning Network is housed at NC State University ¡ Optimization year runs from 11/1/13-10/31/14 ¡ The Learning Network Executive Team is comprised of: ¡ PI: Nichole Huff, Ph.D., CFLE, NCSU ¡ Co-PI: Jenell Kelly, Ph.D., NCAT ¡ Project Manager: Katie Stamper, M.S., NCSU ¡ CoP Representatives from each of the 5 national CoPs
Families and Child Well-Being Learning Network will co-brand and partner with FCS as: ¡ “A National Collaboration of Family & Consumer Sciences” ¡ The LN will serve as a more comprehensive online resource for family and consumer needs through the creation and dissemination of deliverables such as webinars, articles, etc. ¡ This will include FCS topics such as parenting, childcare, family nutrition, finance, and caregiving.
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 within the field of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Vision Statement To address, promote, and advocate timely research that directly impacts today’s children and families while building a sense of community among Family and Consumer Sciences professionals and partners.
eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care Dan Weigel, Ph.D., University of Nevada Extension ¡ “…a community of early childhood professionals at leading universities who are dedicated to improving the quality of child care and early childhood education for all children.” ¡ Wide variety of articles Social media ¡ Searchable databases Ask An Expert ¡ Webinars FAQ’s ¡ Online training Military providers
Family Caregiving Andy Crocker, M.S., Texas A&M University ¡ Address educational needs of family caregivers ¡ Create a national resource for Extension’s educational resources on aging, adult development, & family caregiving ¡ Provide educational information to professionals and family caregivers, including Extension professionals
Family Caregiving Areas of Interest ¡ Content ¡ Adult Development & Aging ¡ Disaster Preparedness ¡ Employed Caregiving ¡ Finances ¡ Health ¡ Housing ¡ Military Caregiving ¡ Nutri>on ¡ Rela>onships & Self-‐care ¡ Rela>ve Caregiving ¡ Rural Caregiving ¡ etc., etc., etc. ¡ Roles ¡ Content ¡ Authors, Reviewers ¡ Re-‐purposing “stale” materials ¡ Social media ¡ Webinars ¡ etc., etc., etc.
Families, Food and Fitness Ashley Fondren, M.S., CHES, Mississippi State University Vision: To become a source of research-based information for families as they work to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight. Mission: FFF will provide education and skills to help families make informed decisions about healthy eating and physical activity.
Families, Food and Fitness Goals: Behaviors: ¡ Encourage healthy eating ¡ Increase Physical Activity ¡ Move More Everyday ¡ Tame the Tube ¡ Maintain body weight in a healthy range/avoid excess weight gain ¡ Control Portion Size ¡ Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables ¡ Prepare More Meals at Home ¡ Re-Think Your Drink
Financial Security for All Megan O’Neil, M.P.S., CFCS, University of Maryland ¡ http://www.extension.org/personal_finance ¡ We help people: ¡ Set SMART financial goals ¡ Spend less than they earn ¡ Avoid excess debt ¡ Improve credit worthiness ¡ Plan for tomorrow while keeping pace with day-to-day needs ¡ Save and invest regularly ¡ Protect their financial identity ¡ Prepare for health insurance decisions
Financial Security for All ¡ Join us! 186 members in this CoP ¡ email at firstname.lastname@example.org ¡ Webinars at eXtension LEARN ¡ Monthly leadership conference call, second Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time *This morning’s event… Saving Money: Research Insights https://learn.extension.org/events/1442 ¡ Twitter @moneyeXtension ¡ MoneyeXtension on Facebook ¡ ASK personal finance ¡ ASK health insurance bit.ly/askhealthlit ¡ Within the Military Families Learning Network http://blogs.extension.org/ militaryfamilies/
Just in Time Parenting Pat Nelson, Ed.D., CFLE, University of Delaware ¡ Pulls together key messages from research: how to help kids grow up healthy and ready for success. ¡ Available via: ¡ Print ¡ Electronically ¡ Mobile devices ¡ A multi-state team has combined efforts to create one up-to-date, evidence-based national parenting education tool
Just in Time Parenting Goals ¡ Catch parents at a time when they are open to learning and need information ¡ Promote practices that support healthy growth and development ¡ Reinforce positive parenting behaviors ¡ Affirm healthy interpersonal and family relationships ¡ Provide strategies for managing work and family stress
Why is JITP such a gem? ¡ Colorful, attractive design ¡ Language is at 4th – 6th grade reading levels ¡ Available in both English and Spanish ¡ No cost to families (electronic version) ¡ Easy to deliver – especially the online format ¡ Usage data is available by city and state ¡ Great potential for growth with social media efforts
Upcoming JITP Webinars ¡ Military Families Learning Network: Family Development ¡ March 20 – Fathers, work and family life ¡ April 3 – Early childhood brain development and trauma ¡ April 24 – Early childhood online parenting resources (JITP & text4babies) ¡ For more information about the webinars: http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/family-development/ professional-development/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ familiesandchildwellbeinglearningnetwork Twitter https://twitter.com/Families_Child Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/familiesandchil/
Timeline ¡ Jan 2014: Social media/online presence created & launched ¡ Feb 2014: LN will host first webinar on its optimization effort ¡ Mar 2014: LN will host workshop at NeXCon in Sacramento, CA ¡ Ongoing: Create collaborative, topic-specific webinars; expand social media presence; produce articles, fact sheets, video clips, etc.; secure additional funding; expand LN; develop sustainability plan; and more!
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