Nebraska edited book is first to feature Extension's role in the lives of children, families

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Nebraska edited book is first to feature Extension’s role in the lives of children, families

"Extension Education and the Social Sciences: Uplifting Children, Youth, Families, and Communities"

A new volume by two University of Nebraska–Lincoln professors is among the first to highlight the role of Extension in the lives of children and families.

“Extension touches the lives of individuals and families in meaningful and impactful ways, however, often from the background,” said Maria de Guzman, professor and Extension specialist in child, youth and family studies, chair of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design and lead editor. “For decades, Extension has been transforming the ways in which we produce and consume food, plan our finances, and support children, youth and families.”

“Extension Education and the Social Sciences: Uplifting Children, Youth, Families, and Communities,” released April 4 by Cambridge University Press, highlights the ways that Extension contributes to the well-being of children, families, and communities through nutrition, early childhood education, youth entrepreneurship, social media other programming to underserved audiences.

“Extension is leading the way in addressing complex issues at the local, state and national levels and this volume offers suggestion to foster collaborations between Extension and non-Extension scholars and practitioners,” said Holly Hatton, an associate professor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, early childhood Extension specialist and editor.

It features 26 contributors, leading and emerging scholars in various areas of Extension from across the country.

De Guzman says the book aims to encourage others to engage with Extension and therefore with people in surrounding communities in intentional, impactful and sustainable ways.

“We hope that readers gain a better understanding of Extension and how they can partner with us in engaging directly with communities,” de Guzman said. “More recently, there has been a focus on research impact and community engagement. The book highlights how Extension has been doing this for over 100 years.”

Other contributors from the university include Surin Kim, Jemalyn Griffin, Lisa Franzen-Castle, Michelle Krehbiel, Jean Ann Fischer and Anh Do.

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