Extension News

Just in Time Parenting: Reliable Resource for Raising Children


AMES, Iowa --- Iowa State University Extension is partnering with other extension programs across the country to offer Iowans a united parenting research Web site entitled Just in Time Parenting, www.extension.org/parenting


“The site was created in 2008 to marshal the resources of the land grant universities to help parents access high quality, practical information on parenting,” said Kim Greder, ISU Extension family life sate program specialist.


The Web site provides parents a continually updated source of research-based information about raising kids from infants through the teenage years.


“There is a lot of information on the Internet, and it’s hard to know what is good information and which sites to trust,” said Greder. “This Web site was created by extension specialists across the country, people with academic backgrounds related to parenting who have worked with parents. It’s bringing the best of the land grant system to people via the Web.”


Just in Time Parenting gives information through a variety of methods including newsletters, podcasts, short videos, other publications and through "frequentlly asked questions" (FAQ) based on questions submitted to the Web site.  Signing up for the online parenting newsletters just became available in February 2010. Additionally, feature articles are provided on current issues.


“Parents can sign up for newsletters based on the age of their infant or toddler that is delivered to their email monthly,” said Greder.  “The newsletters provide practical, research based information on common parenting questions and concerns.”


The Web site allows parents to choose which methods of communication they want to use.  This tailoring of information is in the goal of making the resource as effective and effortless as possible.


For more information on Just in Time Parenting or other Iowa State University Extension resources visit www.extension.iastate.edu/homefamily/.



Contacts :

Kimberly Greder, Human Development and Family Studies, (515) 294-5906, kgreder@iastate.edu

Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu