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Consider Giving Kids Less Stuff, More Time during Holidays

December 1, 2016, 10:59 am | Mackenzie Johnson, Laura Sternweis

Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective. Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers tips for parents on how to avoid overindulging their children. Read more about Consider Giving Kids Less Stuff, More Time during Holidays

Online Continuing Education Available for Early Childhood Professionals

August 16, 2017, 1:08 pm | Malisa Rader, Laura Sternweis

The quality of care that children receive between birth and age five sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers professional development for child care providers. Read more about Online Continuing Education Available for Early Childhood Professionals

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Early Learning Starts with Routines

September 1, 2017, 8:21 am | Kim Brantner, Laura Sternweis

By creating morning and bedtime routines, parents can harness the enthusiasm and tackle any concerns their children may have about going to school and can prepare them for a positive educational experience, says Kim Brantner, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about Early Learning Starts with Routines

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Online Training Equips Child Care Providers with Information about Health and Safety

February 19, 2018, 11:38 am | Lynn Meadows

Iowa State University is working to ensure that child care centers and homes, preschools, and after-school programs across the state are healthy and safe for all children. An online course developed by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach has provided training to 23,640 Iowa child care providers and early childhood teachers since September 2016. Read more about Online Training Equips Child Care Providers with Information about Health and Safety

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Help Children Cope When the News Is Scary

February 19, 2018, 12:38 pm | Malisa Rader

Some children are more sensitive to scary stories in the news or may worry about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their children. Read more about Help Children Cope When the News Is Scary

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Reconnect Children with Nature in the Spring

April 2, 2018, 2:36 pm | Cindy Thompson, Laura Sternweis

April showers bring May flowers, according to common songs, poems and nursery rhymes. “However, April showers also bring fun-filled puddles, squishy mud, earth worms and a host of other rich outdoor learning experiences for children,” says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about Reconnect Children with Nature in the Spring

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Start the Money Conversation with Young Children

September 1, 2016, 9:58 am | Sandra McKinnon, Laura Sternweis

Media, parents and child care providers play an important role in forming money habits in children. So give those preschoolers some pennies and start talking about money! That’s the advice of Sandra McKinnon, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about Start the Money Conversation with Young Children

Iowa Schools Have New Resource for Farm to School Efforts

May 18, 2017, 7:42 am | Lynn Heuss, Leigh Adcock

Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners. Read more about Iowa Schools Have New Resource for Farm to School Efforts

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