Home and Family

Local Highlights

Lori Hayungs
October 15, 2018

The research is clear.  There is an amazing connection between relationship quality, positive partenting practices and healthy child outcomes.  This truly reinforces the notion that a strong adult couple relationship is the foundation for a healthy family.  Join us on Friday, November 9th from 8:00am-4:00pm at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer.  Cost is $125 and registration is online at http://bit.ly/hret9925 or request a paper copy by calling Sarah Dirks at 712-262-2264. 

3 youth with their stuffed animals
August 8, 2018

This is an opportunity for K-3rd Grade children to showcase at the Clay County Fair in the 4-H Auditorium on the evening of Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30pm.  Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their stuffed animal (or other plush creature or friend) with a caring adult, to show an audience their stuffed animal and receive ribbons.  Please call or fill out the entry form at this link to enter.  A limit on entries may be imposed for time constraints, so enter today!  Please share with your friends, all K-3rd grade youth are welcome!

Master Gardener in Garden
July 12, 2018

The 2018 Master Gardener Training will offer a new flipped classroom model, which will allow for increased hands-on experiences.  Classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 6-8pm in Mid-August until Early November. Along with an all-day workshop in Ames on November 3.

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
April 2, 2018

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2018 garden season.  Sign up before April 20th so we can get your plot reserved!

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Logo
September 27, 2017

Do you help take care of a child with special health and behavioral needs? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself.  Sessions are scheduled every Tuesday for six weeks and begin on October 24th.  Classes will be held at the Clay County Extension Office from 5:30 pm – 8:00pm  There is a no charge for the program. For more information or to register, contact the Clay County Extension Office at 712-262-2264.

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    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

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    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.

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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.

  • 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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