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November 19, 2015

The county youth coordinator serves as a representative of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Council providing leadership, delivery, and management for many aspects of the 4-H program serving youth of Sioux County. The ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Council exists to provide effective program leadership and financial oversight for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Sioux County District.To be considered for first review, submit cover letter and resume by Friday, Dec. 23, 2015. Subsequent applications received after that date will be reviewed upon submission. Position is open until filled. Click for more details and how to apply.

October 30, 2015

Wondering when your club or another club meets? Find available calendars here.

October 26, 2015

Applications are being taken now for Region 1 Human Sciences Program Coordinator under the supervision of the O'Brien County Extension Council. Apply by Nov. 20, 2015.

September 29, 2015

Adverse childhood experiences do not guarantee bad outcomes for adults but they increase the odds of struggle and they are largely preventable, says Lori Hayungs,a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

July 7, 2014

Can't make it to the Extension Office, check out the forms now available online.


Family Ties Newsletter    



     Me & My Dad

     ISU Extension to Families

     Answerline - (Find answers relating to home and family questions)  or Call 800-262-3804   Hrs M-F 9 am - Noon, 1-4:00 pm 

     Teen Line - Personal and health-related information

     ISU Continuing Education and Communication Services

     Farm On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Bets OFF - website for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     CYFERnet - Children Youth and Families Education and Research Network

     National Network for Child Care

     Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development

     Better Kid Care (Penn State) - provides educational materials, learning experiences and programs to child care providers, parents, and employers

     Iowa Homeland Security



ISU Extension Hotlines:

     Bets OFF - hotline      for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     Teen Line - Personal and Health-related information and referral

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Healthy Families - Prenatal health care questions and information

     Farm-On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     AnswerLine - Questions relating to home and family

O'Brien County Schools:

     H-M-S School District

     South O'Brien School District

     Sheldon Community School

     Sanborn Christian School

     Sheldon Christian School

     St Patricks School - Sheldon

     Zion-St. John Lutheran School

Other schools in NW Iowa

ISU Extension Families Publications Page

ISU Extension Child Development Publications Page

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.

  • 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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