Center for the Study of
Culture, Health, and Human Development
at the
University of Connecticut


Welcome to the web site of the official National Family Development Credential Program!

The FDC program collaborates with agencies to teach family workers how to coach families to set and reach their goals for healthy self-reliance. Initially based on Cornell University research, the interagency FDC program works is in many states throughout the nation, teaching and credentialing frontline workers from public, private and non-profit service systems (e.g., home visitors, case managers, family resource center workers, community health workers).

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. 

In 2010, the Family Development Credential Program moved to University of Connecticut's Center for Culture, Health & Human Development (CHHD), which issues the credential and administratively oversees the program. Dr. Claire Forest remains director. In 2014, National FDC joined Uconn's Department of Allied Health Sciences, where the Family Development Credential is jointly issued by CHHD and the Center for Environmental Health & Health Promotion (CEHHP).

To earn the FDC, front-line workers take 90 hours of classes based on Empowerment Skills for Family Workers (Forest 2015), complete a portfolio documenting their ability to apply these concepts and skills, and pass a standardized exam. Since the first FDC credentials were issued by Cornell's School of Continuing Education in 1997, more than 7,000 front-line workers in New York State have earned the FDC and thousands more have earned it through affiliated systems in other states.

As the FDC Program expands training, credentialing, curriculum development, and research, we look forward to working with continuing and new FDC state programs and other partners. When families and communities face profound challenges, the FDC Program’s highly skilled workers and leaders are ready to help. Please contact us with your ideas and questions.                                                                                                                                                                                             Dr. Claire Forest, Director

Click here to learn more about how to earn a Family Development Credential.
Click here for frequetnly asked Q & A about FDC.