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Local Highlights

August 25, 2015

Back to school transitions can both be exciting and a bit scary for children - and their parents - whether they're preparing for the first day of preschool, moving to a new school or entering middle school. However, there are several thigs parents can do to help ease these fears,a ccording to Dr. David Brown, a human sciences specialist with iowa State university Extension and Outreach and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Click on the headline for more information.

August 3, 2015

Carol Ehlers is the new Family Finance Specialist for Regions 6 & 12. Click here to learn more about Carol and the program.

July 2, 2015

Early literacy skills are a strong predictor of school success. Help your child get a great start on reading and be prepared for school with Family Storyteller through Greene County Extension & Outreach beginning July 20th.

April 30, 2015

Carl Sagan once said that, “The greatest gift adults can give to their offspring and to their society is to read to the children.” This belief has been implemented in Greene County through the Family Storyteller program recently held in Churdan. The class is designed to teach parents and grandparents literacy skills to apply with their preschoolers. Through generous partnerships books, craft supplies, meals, and child care are free to the participants.


April 30, 2015

Parenting is hard and there is so much information available via the Web and social media sites that parents often are confused about what is best for their children and family. Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, in partnership with extension specialists across the country, offers a resource in Just in Time Parenting to help eliminate some of the confusion.


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.

  • 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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