The National Family Development Credential Program (FDC)
The FDC program collaborates with agencies to teach family workers how to coach families to set and reach their goals for healthy self-reliance. This strength-based, interagency program is available in communities across Connecticut and 24 other states; it has enrolled thousands of frontline workers from public, private and non-profit service systems (e.g., home visitors, case managers, family resource center workers, community health workers, Head Start staff).
The Family Development Credential emerged in 1994 from a research-policy collaborative between the Cornell University College of Human Ecology’s Department of Human Development, New York State’s Council on Children and Families, NYS Department of State, and the New York City Dept. of Youth and Community Development. Beginning August 1, 2010 the Family Development Credential Program moved to University of Connecticut’s Center for Culture, Health & Human Development, which issues the credential and administratively oversees the program. Dr. Claire Forest, who developed the program, remains Director and holds a faculty appointment in Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut.