Outreach & Engagement

Outreach and Engagement

Our department has always been research-driven, service-oriented. This is why our research is directly applied to the benefit of our community through a number of outreach programs. Our academic units offer support services in their areas of specialty. Learn more below to see how we're ready to help you and other members of our community.

ECE Center

The Center for Child Development is a licensed early childhood education center accredited by NAEYC. Their lab programs work to provide a rich and deep understanding of early childhood development informed by theory, research, and best practice.

K-State Research and Extension

K-State Research and Extension is an outreach and engagement arm of the university that has professionals across Kansas to support family strengthening, healthy development and relationship resilience through practical information and educational programs.

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The Divorce Education Assessment Collaborative (DEAC) is working to create and provide a standardized divorce education assessment tool that all divorce education programs can use to assess the effectiveness of their program. By assessing effectiveness, they can begin to see which programs will be beneficial for coparents who are going through the divorce process.

Family Center

The Family Center provides quality therapy services at affordable rates to individuals, couples, and families in the greater Manhattan area and surrounding communities. Their mission is to provide systemically-oriented counseling services concentrating on the needs of the individual within the context of relationships and families. The Family Center's therapists look beyond the individual and turn to families, schools, the client's workplace, churches and other relationships to understand and intervene into the problem situation.

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FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. FCCLA is a vocational student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system, and it provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.

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The #RelationshipGoals Program is a FREE research-based relationship education program for Kansas teens 13-19 years old. The #RG program is entirely online and includes 15 asynchronous quests combined with bi-weekly synchronous peer empowerment groups. The quests cover topics such as self-awareness, recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationship characteristics, relationship expectations and values, communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, stress management, decision-making, goal setting, sexual health and safety, and trauma and its effects on forming and maintaining healthy relationships. We also offer resources for parents and other caring adults to promote conversations on these topics with the teens in their lives.

Are you a Kansas State University student interested in strengthening your own understanding of relationships and sharing that knowledge with others? If so, apply to be a RISE (Relationship & Interpersonal Skills Education) Ambassador!

Speech & Hearing Center

The K-State Speech and Hearing Center is a state-of-the-art facility, providing high quality, comprehensive clinical services to individuals with communication or swallowing impairments. Their help is available to students, residents of Manhattan and the surrounding communities and they provide individual sessions as well as small group service. They also support special programs and projects in the Manhattan area that provide further outreach.