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Local Highlights

May 2, 2017

Limited room for a great lineup of summer camps!  Schedule it today!  Registration forms are atatched.  

February 27, 2017

Do you help take care of a family member or friend?  If so, you are not alone. Over 50 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis. Caregiving is rewarding, but, let’s face it— caregiving also can be stressful—physically, emotionally, and financially.  

Powerful Tools for Caregiversallows you time to acquire some tools to help you become more comfortable with your role as a caregiver. 

February 13, 2017

To help those working with young children understand childhood stress and learn strategies for helping reduce stress for children in their care, the Mills County Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with the Booster 4 Families Early Childhood Iowa, will be offering a 2-hour class titled Big Worries in a Little World. “Anyone caring for young children is welcome and encouraged to attend,” Brantner said. “We’re excited to be able to collaborate to offer this opportunity to family child care professionals, as well as center and preschool staff,” Brantner added.

July 28, 2016

Want to learn more about Japanese beetles and how to control them?

Hunters Tablesetting
July 15, 2016

Region 17 4-H Table Setting Event
Join with other 4-H'ers in your county and across Region 17 to participate in this growing program where you will apply your communication, hospitality, planning and food and nutrition skills to plan an event around serving a meal for friends, family or both. To learn more about the event and what you will need to do to participate click her to go to the Region 17 4-H Table Setting Webpage.

Other Resources:

Extension’s Energy Tip for you

If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with new energy efficient double-pane windows with high-performance glass (e.g., low-e). This tip is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Energy and ISU Extension.

EcoFamily Virtual Conference-

Each participant is asked to read, watch videos, and do activities each month. Then people gather online each of six months for a 90-minute session. Participants then share what they have learned and accomplished around home, neighborhood and community.


  • Water
  • Food
  • Stuff
  • Living Green
  • Energy
  • Neighbors

Giving a registration also makes a great gift!

Just in Time Parenting Information--Age-specific parenting information compiled by the National Network of Extension Specialistsin Child Development and Family Life

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.

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