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Local Highlights

December 2, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowans faced a childcare crisis. Data shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households with children under six where all parents work outside the home (75 percent). Even more startling, childcare issues cost the state’s economy an estimated $935 million a year in lost taxes and employee absences, and turnover. Listen to Podcasts here.
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October 22, 2020

FREE 3-session virtual workshop series for families with K-12 youth to learn about positive, healthy mindfulness tools, resources, & activities to support their individual & family’s health & well-being.
Workshops are Mondays, December 7, 14, 21.... you pick your time for each: 4-5pm, 7-8pm or 7:30-8:30m when you register here! www.tinyurl.com/4HMindfulMondays

October 15, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Due to COVID-19 concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer several online trainings for child care providers this fall. Each training will be offered at two different times and taught by ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists.

October 7, 2020

Looking for something to do at home?

4-H has got you covered! We are excited to announce that we are offering 4-H At-Home Kits to our 4-H members once a week starting on Monday, October 5, 2020. Kits will be released once a week and you can stop by the Black Hawk County Extension office to pick up one kit per youth. If you would like to make arrangements to have your 4-H At-Home Kit delivered to you please email Sarah Tanis at stanis@iastate.edu

These At-Home kits are all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Kits include supplies for an activity, background of the activity, and steps on how to do it!  Read more!

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, or Facebook for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home, equipment, nutrition, and laundry. 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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    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.

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