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Family and Youth Development

K-State Research and Extension is designed to share research-based educational information for enhancing the quality of personal and family life in communities throughout Kansas as well as the nation. Take time to browse through our web pages to find resources that could be helpful in your daily life, whether it be with family, friends, co-workers, or other persons with whom you are connected in the community. Our Chisholm Trail District Family and Youth Development Agent, Tristen Cope, offers resources and educational programs for families, child care providers, and those working with youth. 

Family Relationship Resources

Most of you rarely think about how you communicate with loved ones. However, family communication is important. It determines relationships with each other and sets the tone for family living. Family communication is not simple. Communication is more than what you say and do. Your messages depend on how you think the other person will react, so you may communicate differently with each member of the family. Each person has several different family communication patterns that develop over time, depending on who is being communicated with, the setting, the timing, and other factors.


Couple Relationship Resources 

Intimate relationships take hard work. They do not just happen — they require attention. This CoupleTALK program is designed to help you give more attention to your relationship. CoupleTALK emphasizes skill-building. It also stresses the process of growth and behavior change to help the relationship become stronger and more satisfying to both of you. The process is risky and it takes time. It requires partners to reveal more of themselves and accept what their mates are revealing.


Child and Youth Development Resources


Parenting Resources


Child Care Resources in Kansas

Choosing care for your child can at times be confusing or stressful. View the following resources to help find the best fit for your child.


Additional Resource Links for Families and Providers

Upcoming Events


StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.   Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story. Contact the Extension Office to request a StoryWalk.


StoryWalk® Books Available

  • The Little Red Hen
  • Owl Babies
  • From Head to Toe
  • Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Caps for Sale
  • Oh Say Can You Seed?
  • N if for Nutrition
  • Some Days I Flip My Lid!
  • A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds
  • From Seed to Plant
  • Cutie Sue Fights the Germs
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • Farmers and Ranchers Care About their Animals
  • Curious George Saves His Pennies
  • Sheep in a Shop
  • Ox Cart Man
Week of the Young Child

April TBA

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the Nation Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and servicesw that meet those needs.

Click Here for Activities and Resources!

Suddenly In Charge

Suddenly in Charge is designed to help teens and tweens with their roles in taking care of younger children.

Visit the Suddenly in Charge Site to find tip sheets, safety information, activities, resources, and more! 


Visit the K-State Research and Extension Families Site for many publications related to this topic.


Tristen Cope

Family and Youth Development Agent

Tristen has been with Extension since 2017. Tristen graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives outside of Marion with her husband, dog, two cats, and occasional furry friend from the ranch. Something that energizes her about working in Extension is the opportunity to bring new programs and resources to her hometown and extended community.


Department of Child and Family (DCF)