Home and Family

Local Highlights

December 12, 2012

Each month, specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach provide a wealth of information to Iowa residents.  Updated regularly as more newsletters are made available!

September 29, 2015

Connecting young children with nature will inspire and support budding scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians, says Kim Brantner, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 27, 2015

Research increasingly shows that the first years of a child’s life are critical to shaping their future health and development. Child care providers can make small changes that will have a big impact on the children in their care. By reducing toxins, they may help prevent illnesses like asthma, certain learning disabilities and even some forms of cancer.

August 27, 2015

Times have changed since great grandma was canning for her family. Today’s recipes have been scientifically tested to ensure a safe product. So before trying any of those old family canning recipes, call AnswerLine, the home and family hotline at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 18, 2015

Preserving food by canning in the oven has been a hot topic this summer.  It seems everyone is looking for a shortcut to preserve food at home.  Oven canning is NOT a safe shortcut!

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.

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