Home and Family

Local Highlights

March 22, 2018

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, eating a variety of colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white— provides the best mix of nutrients for your body, not to mention being more pleasing to the eye. 

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March 2, 2018

DHS Training Hours available.  MUST register to recieve credit.

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February 26, 2018

Have you heard, Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh?  Whether you’ve heard this said a thousand times or perhaps this is your first time hearing it, you may ask yourself…..why?

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February 21, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Crawford County and Zion Lutheran Church will offer a free “Strengthening Families” program starting on Thursday, March 1.  The Strengthening Families Program is for families with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This highly active program addresses life skills in youth, conflict resolution, effective parenting styles, and promotes positive family communication in interactive and fun ways.  Families will learn how to solve problems, bond together as a family, grow and have fun through a series of exercises and classroom discussions.  The program is designed by experts and has a proven track record of success.

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February 20, 2018

Crumbs and spills aside, cooking with children is a great way to spend quality time and teach important skills like measuring, counting, and following directions.

Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • 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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