The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center is a clearinghouse for high quality, balanced, and timely information and resources on healthy marriage and relationships. The NHMRC's mission is to be a first stop for information, resources, and training on healthy relationships for experts, researchers, policymakers, media, marriage educators, couples and individuals, program providers, and others.

With support from the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Kohler Foundation, the WinShape Foundation, and others, the NHMRC helps those who want to learn more about healthy relationships, marriage, and marriage education.

For media inquiries, contact Project Manager Rich Batten.


NHMRC's Main Activities

Strategic Communications and Outreach: Building awareness: Highlighting the benefits of marriage and marriage education and encouraging healthy marriage through a national network of partners and experts, using a variety of mediums, technology, and media.

Clearinghouse and Web site: Creating a dynamic, comprehensive clearinghouse and Web site to provide high quality, balanced, and timely information on healthy marriage-related topics to those who interact with marriage on a professional basis.

National Media Campaign: Implementing a national media effort aimed at 18-30 year olds designed to launch a conversation about marriage.
Consumer-based Web site: Providing information to individuals and couples about healthy relationships and marriage on a cutting-edge, interactive site.

Resource Development: Developing cutting-edge healthy marriage resource materials.

Training and Technical Assistance: Providing nationwide, group-based training and technical assistance from the field's leading experts on healthy marriage-related topics, using the latest tactics and technology.

What are Marriage and Relationship Education Programs? 

Marriage and relationship education (MRE) programs provide information and teach attitudes, skills and behaviors designed to help individuals and couples achieve long-lasting, happy, and successful marriages and intimate partner relationships. This includes making wise partner choices and avoiding or leaving abusive relationships. MRE can help single parents (never-married, separated or divorced) learn to co-parent effectively when this is appropriate, and have more successful relationships in the future.

MRE programs teach couples skills to use in their daily lives, including communication skills, ways to resolve conflict safely and effectively, and how to raise children and manage finances together.

Marriage and relationship information and education can be provided to the general public through media campaigns, websites, fact sheets, brochures, self-guided internet courses and other community outlets. Most commonly, MRE refers to structured programs, classes and workshops provided to groups of couples and individuals offered on a voluntary basis in the community, churches, campuses or schools.

MRE aims to be preventative in nature. It is generally distinguished from individualized or couples counseling and therapy, which is intended for those who are in serious distress.


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