Home and Family

Local Highlights

Photo of Radon Kit
February 9, 2016

Now is a good time to test your home for RADON levels. Winter months when homes are typically closed up tight provide best test conditions for checking radon levels. We have kits available for purchase at the Extension Office for $10 each. Call 712-336-3488 or stop by 1600 15th Street in Spirit Lake. (We're located in the east wing of the Expo Center.) Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the second leading cause for lung cancer. For more radon information check out this EPA link http://www.epa.gov/…/fi…/2015-05/documents/citizensguide.pdf

Childcare Image with Painted Hands
February 9, 2016

Monday night's Child Care Provider Training Class has been rescheduled to Monday, February 22nd from 6-8 PM in the Dickinson County Community Building. The topic is "Move For Thought" and Family Nutrition & Wellness Specialist, Renee Sweers with present ideas on how to incorporate physical fitness activities into your daily childcare routines. Space is still available, call 712-336-3488 for details/registration.

Childcare Flier
January 8, 2016

Attention Area Childcare Providers (and interested families)... Our winter and spring educational program series is focused on nutrition and wellness. The series is group-based and tons of fun! Join us for all four classes or just one. We're exploring topics of large motor (physical) activites, spending smart and eating smart, linking literacy with food, and gardening with children. 2 CEU's available at each session. Cost is only $15 per participant/session. Check out our Childcare Provider Brochure for details and registration information or give us a call at 712-336-3488.

FarmHer Event Flier
January 7, 2016

Explore the perception society has of agriculture and the role images and numbers play in that. Share specifics on what we can all easily do to update the image of agriculture and discuss what is being done to better count women in ag. The speaker for this event is Marji Guyler-Alaniz. The event is February 22, from 6-8 pm at Iowa Lakes Community College Cafeteria in Emmetsburg.

Iowa Map
February 28, 2015

In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.
 

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.
     

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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