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Local Highlights

September 29, 2014

Polk County’s second 4-H Find-Out Night is Thursday, October 16 at the Johnston Public Library from 5:30-7:00. Stop by to learn about joining and volunteering with 4-H in Polk County! Bring your friends and family and arrive when you are able and depart when you must. See you there!

September 29, 2014

Albert Grunenwald has been named Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation by the organization’s governing board effective September 23, 2014. Grunenwald has more than 19 years of experience working with youth and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.  

September 26, 2014

A two-day facilitator training to increase Latino youth's abilities to succeed in high school, discover the benefits of higher education, and become aware of how to attain a college education will be held November 6 and 7.

September 25, 2014

“What do you do when there is more month than money? When the bills are paid and your bank account is at or below zero and you still need to buy groceries? 

September 17, 2014

Dr. Constance Beecher's work focuses on early literacy, language development and community engagement. As an extension and outreach specialist, she will work to increase school readiness in children. Beecher will teach literacy courses, conduct research on early literacy intervention and programs, and provide outreach to the community about early literacy issues.

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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