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Local Highlights

June 14, 2021

Local youth in grades K-12 are invited to attend an education livestock workshop on July 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion located on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Participation in the workshop, as well as the complimentary supper, are completely free, but preregistration is required by July 1. Preregister online at https://bit.ly/3xqgh5z.

June 14, 2021

Faculty from Iowa State University’s School of Education will be leading a workshop, “The Adventure Comes to You: Diversity, Literacy and STEM Education” for early childhood professionals on June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford. The one-day summer adventure workshop will feature cutting-edge research and educational tools. Educators, librarians, daycare providers and other youth-focused professionals are invited to attend the workshop in person or join virtually. There is no charge to attend, and those attending in-person will receive complimentary morning refreshments and lunch.

June 14, 2021

Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson's disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed. To learn about Parkinson's disease, its effects and possible treatments, register now to participate in "A Journey through Parkinson's Disease," an online educational series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

June 3, 2021

Small Change is an online course designed for Iowa educators. Course content is embedded in the financial literacy standards of the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills and Social Studies, and connects participants with curricula, resources, and school-based programs for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Educators can earn one Iowa License renewal credit. The program allows participants to improve their personal finance knowledge, skills and confidence while preparing them as professionals to address financial literacy in schools.

January 22, 2021

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

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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