4-H Youth Development and Children, Youth, and Families

Cornell Cooperative Extension programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all New York State residents. 4-H Youth Development programs align with the national 4-H mission mandates. Family programming addresses support and care at all stages in the life course.

Research-based education is focused on improving the social and economic well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Visit or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for information on specific programs in your county or region.


4-H clubs, camps, after-school programs, and trips help youth reach their fullest potential. Members learn through hands-on activities and have opportunities to connect to Cornell University.

The BCTR expands, strengthens, and speeds the connections between research, policy, and practice to enhance human development and well-being.

Research-based resources for parent educators and curriculum development to enhance existing parenting programs. Assessment of programs to identify areas of future potential collaboration. 

The Cornell College of Human Ecology (CHE) has many human development outreach and extension programs.

Program Area Lead

Kim Kopko
Associate Director, Human Ecology
Faculty Spotlight
Janice Whitlock
Research scientist in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery.