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Engagement & Outreach

Outreach is where impact meets access. Through engagement, Hoosiers and communities throughout Indiana can benefit from the research and resources in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.

Research in the department is applied and goes hand-in-hand with our engagement activities, which are focused on solving the real challenges people face every day — things like finding quality child care, balancing work and family, improving relationships, and issues associated with aging.

Center for Families

The Center for Families at Purdue University focuses on improving the quality of life for families and strengthening the capacity of families to provide nurturing environments for their members.

For more information, visit the Center for Families website.

Children's Program

The department operates a preschool program that serves the learning, discovery, and engagement missions at Purdue. The program provides child development practica and student teaching experiences for Purdue students, fulfills a need in the community for high quality early education and child care, and provides a site for child development and early education research. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, signifying the highest level of program quality. In addition, the Miller Child Development Laboratory School was awarded a Level Four rating from Paths to QUALITY. [Level Four: National accreditation (the highest indicator of quality) is achieved.]

Human Development Extension

The mission of the Human Development Extension specialty is to maximize the psychological, social, physical, and emotional well-being of Indiana residents. Human Development Extension provides non-formal educational opportunities that increase knowledge, influence attitudes, teach skills, inspire aspirations, and encourage behavior changes.

Military Family Research Institute

The composition of our country's armed forces has changed over time — we are increasingly relying on service members in the National Guard and Reserves who are more likely to have families they must leave behind to go to war. This shift in demographics has brought new challenges for military families.

Research on military families is conducted through the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University. MFRI's studies provide insight into the experiences of military members and their families. The institute also designs and implements outreach activities to assist military families in Indiana and beyond, and strives to proactively build relationships with partners in both the military and civilian communities.

For more information, visit the Military Family Research Institute website.