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Staff Development and Training

EFNEP legislation designates the use of a peer educator (paraprofessional) model. Peer educators deliver a series of hands-on, interactive lessons to program participants. Lessons are evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of the audience. 

Peer educators typically live in the communities where they work. They recruit families and receive referrals from current and former participants, neighborhood contacts, and community organizations and agencies. Peer educators are trained, supervised, and supported by university and locally-based professionals with programmatic and discipline expertise. Volunteers may assist with program delivery.

Personnel Development Resources

Core competencies, and other resources have been developed to help peer educators, supervisors, and state EFNEP leadership achieve success in their respective roles.


Annual national meetings, regional meetings and webinars, phone conferencing, online manuals, help desks, and other online venues are used to support EFNEP staff in their respective roles and to facilitate program effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability across Cooperative Extension's 76 Land-grant Universities that are responsible for EFNEP.  Current training resources are listed here.

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