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April 8, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

June 5, 2020

Meeting face to face for summer camps is not possible this year but COVID-19 won't stop us!   Take a look at what Fayette County Extension has to offer!

"Take and Make" kits will be FREE to participants Kindergarten through 4th grade by registering for the camp using the link in the camp description/information box or by calling the Extension Office. Most supplies included in the kits.  Don't hesitate in signing your child up for multiple kits.  Deliveries will be made to the communities pick up spots listed and on the day stated on brochure.

Take and Make questions? Contact Katelin, Fayette County Summer Program Assistant at the Extension Office at 563-425-3331.  Make and Take Brochure

May 11, 2020

Over the past several weeks, many Iowans have been self-isolating to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19. However, self-isolation can lead to increased loneliness and social isolation, particularly for older adults, according to Jeongeun Lee, an Iowa State University assistant professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies.  Because older adults are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, self-isolation is important for their safety during this pandemic. At the same time, social connection is important for their wellbeing.  “During ordinary times, any regular contact with family, neighbors, friends, faith communities and social services – such as meal delivery or home care assistance – can serve as important points of social contact and support. These can be a lifeline for social connection,” Lee said.

March 25, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- It's a common image: harried adults racing from workplace to home and back again, trying to fulfill work responsibilities, but wanting to be home with family. What happens when working adults have no place to race to, since work and home are the same place? As the COVID-19 pandemic turns homes into workplaces, how can Iowans best cope with the consequences? 

October 9, 2019

Schools across the state are signing up to participate in Iowa Local Food Day on Oct. 11. They will serve two or more dishes of Iowa grown or raised foods to celebrate Iowa agriculture.

Forty-two school districts have already pledged to participate in the celebration. Local schools registered include Allamakee, Postville, Decorah, Central, New Hampton, Riceville and Oelwein.
 

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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.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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