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February 10, 2021

FREE! In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the Farmers Market Nutrition Program webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 25 or April 21.  This viewing option is provided as a service to individuals without access to a computer or limited internet service.
The Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program consists of the Women, Infants and Children FMNP and the Senior FMNP. The FMNPs are Congressionally-authorized programs that provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and farm stands to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and low-income seniors.
The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship does not limit the number of vendors who may become certified under FMNP. For more information and eligibility, visit IDALS Marketing, Horticulture and Farmers Markets.
Watch at HOME:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:30-11:30 AM (Central Time)
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4629555693885627660
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:30-11:30 am (Central Time).
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4548869132592931596
Watch at Black Hawk County Extension on dates listed: Please call to attend, 319-234-6811 or Contact Shelly Smith shellys@iastate.edu
Black Hawk County Extension: Waterloo, 3420 University Ave. Suite B., Waterloo

February 9, 2021


The scheduled dates and times are:
Preserve the Taste of Summer 101:
Thursday, March 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 15, 10-11 a.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 10-11 am and 6:30 – 7:30 pm


Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics
Thursday, April 29, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm


Preserve the Taste of Summer: Salsa Making Basics
Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

February 5, 2021

Know a family with a 3- or 4-year-old child wanting a preschool experience? Applications are now available for families in Black Hawk County. Funding will not begin until July 1, but it's fine to apply now. Families must be at or below 200% of poverty. Families who qualify for head start must attend head start unless they are full.


Any preschool program that is licensed and is willing to be on Iowa's Quality Rating System at any level can participate. Programs can return the Program Guidelines Form anytime between now and July 1, 2021.


The forms are attached and can also be found on our website at https://cedarvalleyspromise.net/preschool-scholarships

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January 13, 2021

A Telehealth Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Mondays, starting January 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. A second series is scheduled for six Tuesdays, starting February 2, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. The course will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.
The program costs $35 per person or $40 per couple, and registration can be found online at https://bit.ly/2L8o5Gp

January 6, 2021

“Rethinking Your Retirement During COVID-19” No charge.
• Thursday January 14 at noon or 5:00 p.m. 
• Tuesday January 19 at noon or 5:00 p.m. 
Must Pre-register here!

Writing Your Retirement Paycheck 
• Thursdays, Jan 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30pm
• Tuesdays, February 9 and 16, 12-2:00pm
• Mondays, March 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30pm
• Thursdays, April 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Must Pre-register here!

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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