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April 17, 2018


Happy 48th Birthday, Earth Day!
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Earth Day was born April 22, 1970.The political and cultural worlds were in upheaval then.  In the midst of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, Woodstock, and the counterrevolution came a clear call to pay attention to humanity’s impact upon the natural environment.  Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring articulated the environmental threats posed by the post-world war industrial shift to chemical production and use, as well as the “ready, fire, aim” strategy for chemical use.  Think DDT and its consequences as an example.

April 2018 Babysitting Basic Course
March 21, 2018
August 24, 2017

Bring your family for a few evenings filled with fun activites and learning for your preschooler and family. Adults must attend. 

May 23, 2017

ISU Extension and Outreach classes help caregivers learn self-care

January 18, 2017

Youth grades 5 and above can sign up to learn how to be a responsible babysitter.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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