Home and Family

Local Highlights

September 8, 2020

Toll-free hotlines connect Iowans with resources and answers on a variety of topics including legal, family, teenage, health and gambling. Iowa Concern website contains link with online 'live help'.

September 8, 2020

Have financial questions? Facing legal issues? Turn to Iowa Concern hotline for this and more.

September 8, 2020

With quilting increasing in popularity, questions arise as to how to handle those quilts in use and care. Here are some tips on hanging, cleaning, and storing quilts.

September 8, 2020

Serving safe meals to field workers requires careful planning and packaging — especially when field chemicals are involved.

September 8, 2020

WASHING FEATHER PILLOWS Make sure the ticking is in good condition before washing feather pillows.


Parenting Newsletters

Teen Line

CYFERnet - Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network

National Network for Child Care

Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development - Creates a better Iowa today and in the future by partnering with communities and youth throughout the state

Better Kid Care - Provides professional development opportunities and educational information on caring for children

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

PBS Kids for coloring, games, videos and music

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention information is available from the US Department of Health and Human Services

Iowa Homeland Security

Local Schools
- Clear Creek Amana
- DRM
- English Valleys
- HLV
- Iowa Valley
- Williamsburg

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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