NOTICE: Although CCE-Tompkins has offered the Family Development Credential in the past, we do not do so regularly. The Family Development Credential is
coordinated by the Center for the Study of Culture, Health, and Human
Development at the University of Connecticut. To learn
more about the credential and upcoming training opportunities, please visit their website at:
The Family Development Credential (FDC) can be an alternative to a college degree or a supplement to formal education in social work, human development and related fields. The Empowerment Skills for Family Workers© curriculum was designed by Cornell University and is endorsed by NYS and nationally recognized. The US Dept of Human Services, Administration for Children & Families Head Start Office recognizes the FDC in meeting their requirements for Relation-Based Competencies (June 2012).
FDC is an integrated learning experience involving classroom and field service components. The intention is to move participants and their organizations towards an empowerment approach to human and organizational relationships emphasizing strengths, prevention, collaboration and self-determination.
The 10 classroom modules incorporate 90 hours of interactive learning with participants from different organizations. Field advisers assist workers in exploring principles, testing skills, demonstrating competencies, and completing the portfolio required for credentialing.
Last updated July 20, 2022