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4-H clover 4-H Child & Family Development Project

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What you'll do

Discover how to be self-reliant and responsible, how to handle emergencies and develop home-alone skills. Learn about home safety, age-appropriate toys, nutritious snacks for children and how to create a poem, story or game.

Levels of learning


Fairs and exhibits


Future study and careers

Everyone goes through childhood, and understanding the earliest years of life is a fascinating course of study. You could study child psychology or early childhood development at the University of Minnesota or elsewhere. 

Child psychologists help children and families with mental processes and health. Preschool teachers help children to thrive in the classroom and in life. Child care workers look after children in their homes or at child care centers. Every future parent can benefit from learning about child development.

Reviewed in 2018

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