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SMART Couples is a five-year (2015-2020), five million dollar federal grant project under the direction of Dr. Victor Harris in the University of Florida’s Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. The project’s goal is to strengthen marriages, relationships, and families among Florida residents across ethnicities and income levels. There are four focus areas:

  1. Marriage and relationship education/skills
  2. Premarital education
  3. Marriage enhancement for couples
  4. Youth relationship education

The SMART Couples program is for all families and couples in Florida, with a special focus on:

  • Couples preparing for marriage
  • Couples wanting to strengthen their relationships
  • Remarried couples and stepfamilies
  • Parenting and co-parenting
  • Youth and at-risk youth
  • Active military and veteran couples
  • Low-income families

SMART Couples is conducting in-person classes in five strategically selected Florida counties: AlachuaDuval, Manatee, Palm Beach, and Santa Rosa. However, our website and many materials are available to anyone.

If you have questions about the Strengthening Marriages and Relationship Training (SMART) Florida grant or the SMART Couples website, please contact us at:

Christina L. Collingwood
SMART Project/Research Coordinator
3028 McCarty Hall D
Gainesville, FL 32611-0310

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant:#90FM0079. Program services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.