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Employment Opportunities
June 27, 2014

ISU Extension and Outreach - Polk County has a vacancy for an Extension Educator.  This full-time position will carry out human sciences programming.  The deadline to apply is Friday, July 11 at 12:00 noon. 

July 9, 2014

The sun shining through car windows makes the car work like an oven. In just 10 minutes a car’s temperature can increase by 19 degrees and it continues to rise as time goes on. Always look in the back seat before walking away from the vehicle — always. 

July 3, 2014

Everyone is going, all the kids sneak candy into the theatre and no one else has to be home by 11 p.m. When kids are facing peer pressure, how should parents respond? Family life specialists offer suggestions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 2, 2014

Don't let insect bites and too much sun ruin your children's time outdoors this summer. Joy Rouse, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers tips to help keep your child safe from the sun and insects.

June 11, 2014

Juggling work schedules, kids' commitments and the family budget may make some parents wonder if a family vacation is worth the effort. But before giving up, consider this: the kids might learn something from the experience!  We invite you to learn how in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Together We Can:  Creating a Healthy Future for our Families
Together We Can is a series of eight workshops to help parents gain knowledge and skills needed to create healthy family and co-parenting relationships.
 
Just In Time Parenting eNewsletters
Free parenting newsletters with topics relevant to your child's development are written by parenting experts and are designed to be delivered to you just in time!

Science of Parenting Blog and Podcasts
Research-based parenting advice and resources.  Free monthly podcast, or short, timely messages from Science of Parenting on Twitter.

Dare to Excel Newsletter
Creating home environments that help kids succeed at school

Let's Talk - Child care Blog

Acreage Living Newsletter

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.

  • 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!

  • 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.
     

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

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