Home and Family

Local Highlights

March 17, 2020

Lesia Oesterreich, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers ways that parents can help their children cope with frightening events in the news.

March 17, 2020

Three Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists recommend one simple and important method for combating COVID-19: Properly wash your hands.

March 17, 2020

Some individuals are more prone to experience stress reactions if they see or hear repeated messages about the COVID-19 outbreak in the media or online. David Brown, behavioral health state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers suggestions for coping with stress.  

March 7, 2020

**** Due to COVID-19, this event is postponed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. ****

This FREE event is open to anyone in the Jones County community and beyond. Parents and community members are welcome! Come hear Dr. Douglas Gentile (bio to the right) as he engages the audience in thoughtful and dynamic discussion on the effects of media violence and video games with our youth.

January 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19, this event series has been suspended until futher notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This free, 6-week program series is coming to Jones County starting in February. Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is a proven effective, family inclusive program that promotes positive communication, family bonding and joint problem-solving skills.


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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