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January 11, 2021

Raising children has its rewards and challenges, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new challenges for families, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“ACT Raising Safe Kids” teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. The series of lessons begins Feb. 2 and is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach.

December 14, 2020

Parent and Playtime - a 6 week online parenting group - begins January, 13, 2021

November 4, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Henry County is hosting a babysitter clinic for 6th-8th graders on November 25th. Youth who attend the clinic will learn to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy and capable babysitter. Topics will include child behavior and development, nutrition, age appropriate activities, basic 1st aid, and the business of babysitting. The clinic will run from 8:30am-2:30pm and the cost is $25. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, turn a completed registration form and $25 in to the Henry County Extension Office. 

October 19, 2020

Are you a child care provider and need credits? Fall virtual training opportunities. Each session is $5 and 2 hours of credit. Sign up now!

December 3, 2019

Great monthly tips from our Nutrition and Wellness Human Sciences Specialist

Human Sciences strives to build a #STRONGIOWA one person at a time. We provide research-based information and education to help Iowans make decisions that improve their lives.


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  • 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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  • 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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