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April 24, 2015

When Iowa students build financial literacy skills, they’re better prepared to make wise financial decisions for their future in an increasingly complex world. Video available.

April 1, 2015

Con una serie de cuatro semanas de clases gratuitas que brindarán dietistas del Departamento de Extensión y Difusión de la Universidad del Estado de Iowa, las familias latinas aprenderán cómo mejorar su salud y estar en forma. Las clases del programa "Latinos Living Well" (latinos que viven bien) se llevarán a cabo el Los domingos, 12, 19, 26 de abril y 3 de mayo, de 3:30 pm a 5:30 pm, en Inglesia de United Methodist, Estherville.

English-Latino families will learn how to improve their health and stay fit during a four-week series of free classes offered by dietitians from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Latinos Living Well classes will be held April 12, 19, 26 and May 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the United Methodist Church in Estherville.

March 13, 2015

Choosing care for their children is one of the most important decisions parents will make, and it can be overwhelming. Understanding Iowa’s child care system and regulations can help parents make a child care decision that fits their family, says Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist in family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 18, 2015

What can a baby see right after birth? How much should a 1-year-old eat? Should a 3-year-old have a hearing test? These and many more questions keep parents awake at night wondering how they can be a better parent to their children, said Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist in family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Fortunately, a free and easily accessible resource is available just in time to provide some answers.

February 12, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a family literacy program for parents and children ages 2 to 6 years old. Family Storyteller can help parents prepare their children to succeed in school, watch their children grow in independence, get a special time with their children and have fun enjoying books with their children. Parents will learn reading techniques and then practice reading books to their children. Fun language and craft activities will complement the books and extend the learning.

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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

  • 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.

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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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