Health and Well Being Programs

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Parenting

In Iowa 26 percent of children live in single parent families, and one third of births are to unmarried women. In addition, 2 percent of children in the state are victims of abuse and neglect, 65 percent of youth report being bullied at school, and 72 percent of children under age 6 have parents in the labor force (the third highest in the nation). Extension programs help parents and youth avoid or decrease risk behaviors and build individual and family support.


Dare to Excel

Increase understanding of child/youth growth and development and appropriate expectations of children and youth, improve parenting skills, and increase knowledge in communication, positive coping strategies, problem solving, and reading literacy.

Family Storyteller

An early literacy program designed to increase the amount and quality of time parents and young children spend together in literacy activities.

Juntos: Together for a Better Education

Parents and youth increase their understanding of: Iowa high school graduation requirements, classes youth need to take in high school to prepare themselves for college, higher education options, financial aid options, and necessary tests to complete in order to gain access to college. Parents learn how to: monitor their child’s homework, increase confidence in working with their child’s school, better understand the college application process, and increase awareness of ways to finance college. Youth identify what they need to do to graduate from high school and gain access to college, and share their goals with their parents.

Just in Time Parenting

Increase understanding of child/youth growth and development and appropriate expectations of children and youth, improve parenting skills, and increase knowledge of communication, positive coping strategies, problem solving, and reading literacy.

Science of Parenting

Increase understanding of child/youth growth and development and appropriate expectations of children and youth, improve parenting skills, and increase knowledge of communication, positive coping strategies, problem solving, and reading literacy.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

Parents and caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their youth and how to effectively discipline and guide their youth. Youth gain a healthy future orientation, an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers, and skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.

Together We Can: Creating a Healthy Future for our Family

Parents learn to gain trust between them and their spouse/partner, increase satisfaction with their relationship, improve decision making and problem solving, decrease aggression in their relationship, and improve understanding of the link between their parenting behaviors, child outcomes and their relationship with their partner/spouse.