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November 23, 2015

The Health Insurance Marketplace is open. Are you ready to make your best choice? We are offering a FREE online workshop on December 1 as part of the Smart Choice Health Insurance Education program to equip you with tools to make the best possible decision when choosing health insurance for your family.

July 17, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes Dawn Johnson and Shonna Negus to the Lee County staff. Johnson and Negus joined the organization as parent educators for The Family Connection program on July 1.

February 5, 2015

Read our 2014 Stakeholder Report to learn some important ways ISU Extension and Outreach served Lee County residents last year.

January 27, 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. Fortunately, a free and easily accessible resource is available just in time to provide some answers.

January 9, 2015

Four officers were elected during the Lee County Extension Council organizational meeting Jan. 7. The nine-member council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law. Five newly elected members of the Lee County Extension Council were presented with Certificates of Election during the meeting. They were elected in the Nov. 4, 2014 general election and began their four-year terms in January.

Our evidence-based parenting education program, The Family Connection, provides parents with education, resources and support. Participants earn points for participation that can be redeemed for family necessities. Click here to find out how you can be involved!


Money for Life Newsletters

Dare to Excel Newsletters for Parents of School-Aged Children - Latest Issue

Just in Time Parenting Newsletter for pre-birth to age 5

The Science of Parenting Blog

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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