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Child development

If you're like most of us, you could use some help knowing what's best for the children, teenagers, and young adults in your care. From knowing how much is enough to choosing a child care option that's right for you, we have information to help you make informed decisions.

Is my child ready to stay home alone?

Determine if your child is ready to stay home alone and get tips for how you can prepare your child for this responsibility.

Teens becoming independent

Learn what it means for teens to become more autonomous.

Biological and physical changes

Puberty is a challenging time for teens. Get tips for helping your teen through this challenging phase of life.

Changes in teens' thinking processes

Learn how teens have the same thinking abilities as adults.

Teen identity: Figuring out who you are

Pink hair one day, a knit beanie cap the next. Get tips for helping your teen develop their identity.

Social and emotional changes

Give your teen guidance for navigating the social and emotional changes they’re experiencing.

Your teen's developing brain

Learn about why your teenager may have trouble making plans, strategizing smart choices, and making good judgments.

Teens and risk-taking

All risk taking is not bad. Help your teen take healthy risks for positive outcomes in life.

What's New with Teens and Their Families? research update

What is normal teen behavior? How do families change through the teen years?

What's teen development all about?

Help your teen deal with the many changes in their teen years.

The transgender toolkit

Use these videos, recent research articles, and links to community organizations to take your work to the next level.

Wonder Years

Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood is a Science Museum of Minnesota exhibition. CYFC informed development of the exhibition, and conducted research on how it communicates research information to policymakers.

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