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Extension Week Invite
March 5, 2015

It's All About That Extension!  We're excited to be celebrating National Extension Week with coffee and refreshments at the office, daily ISU Door Prize drawings, and a food pantry collection. Stop by the Dickinson County Extension Office during March 22-28 to register, drop off donations, and learn more about what we do over a cup of coffee.

Tree planting photo
February 27, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach in Dickinson County is partnering with the Iowa DNR Bureau of Foresty and Alliant Energy to offer residential utility customers  the opportunity to purchase landscape trees at discount prices. The program is designed to help customers save energy by planting trees to shade their homes or to create a wind break; provide low-cost, high-quality and diverse landscape trees from local nurseries.; and to promote long-term community reforestation and energy conservation through efficient landscaping. The Tree Order Form provides details on the species available, costs, and delivery date.

Family Storyteller Flier
January 26, 2015

Increase your child's school readiness skills with these 6 FREE Family Storyteller Workshops!  ISU-Dickinson County Extension is partnering with the Lake Park Library and the Harris-Lake Park Schools to provide fun nights for preschool age children and their families to spend time together in literacy activities. Thanks to support from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund.... the program is FREE and includes refreshments, childcare, and take home books & activity packets. Program dates are Thursday nights March 26 - April 30 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Check out the Family Storyteller Brochure for details or call the Extension Office at 712-336-3488.

Photo of child care provider and toddler
January 25, 2015

Are you interested in improving the quality of your child care program? Infant & Toddler Environment Rating Scales (ITERS) are nationally recognized tools to assess and improve the quality of early child care programs. The training series is four, 2-hour workshops from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake. The dates are April 7, 21, and May 12, 26. Sessions are fun, interactive and hands-on. Click on our ITERS Brochure for information and registration.

preschoolers playing with science tools
January 24, 2015

Looking for ideas to improve child care in your center or home? The Better Kid Care Series is educational programming for local child care providers that can do just that. The series is group-based, hands-on and a ton of fun! Join us for all of the fall classes or just one.  We're exploring topics of  "Science for Young Thinkers", "Keeping Children Healthy & Safe", and "Building Good Consumers". Cost is only $15 per session and 2 CEU's are awarded with each class. Take a look at our Better Kid Care Brochure for details and registration information.

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.

  • 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.

  • Learn about connecting family and the environment, get ideas on “living lighter”, and share your experiences and thoughts on how to positively impact economic and environmental health through sustainable living.
     

  • 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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