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March 19, 2019

"PLUNGE! into 4-H" will be held April 26-27 at Camp Foster-YMCA near Spirit Lake. PLUNGE! is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade youth. Cost to attend is $60 per youth and includes lodging, food and activities. 

March 15, 2019

SIBLEY, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a child care provider training, “Preschoolers and Pennies: Read, Talk, Learn and Play” on Monday, April 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center Multi-Purpose Room. The training is being provided at no cost thanks to the sponsorship of Lakes Partnerships for Protecting Children (PPC). Each attendee will also receive one free set of three books to be used in their child care center or home daycare.

March 12, 2019
The O'Brien County Fair is July 20-25, 2019! 
Need information on O'Brien County Fair 4-H Events and Registrations?
Visit this page for all things fair!
 
December 5, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is currently accepting applicants for a Robotics Summer Educator position. This individual will serve Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien and Cherokee Counties from May 22, 2019 through August 14, 2019. Submit cover letter, resume and three professional references to Laura Beyenhof at beyenhof@iastate.edu by Friday, March 15. 

March 6, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Horticulture Educator Margaret Murphy will host “Vegetable Gardening 101” on March 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hull Public Library. “Vegetable Gardening 101” will cover the basics of gardening.

NEWSLETTERS: 

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Websites:

     Me & My Dad

     ISU Extension to Families

     Answerline - (Find answers relating to home and family questions)  or Call 800-262-3804   Hrs M-F 9 am - Noon, 1-4:00 pm 

     Teen Line - Personal and health-related information

     ISU Continuing Education and Communication Services

     Farm On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Bets OFF - website for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     CYFERnet - Children Youth and Families Education and Research Network

     National Network for Child Care

     Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development

     Better Kid Care (Penn State) - provides educational materials, learning experiences and programs to child care providers, parents, and employers

     Iowa Homeland Security

    

 

ISU Extension Hotlines:

     Bets OFF - hotline      for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     Teen Line - Personal and Health-related information and referral

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Healthy Families - Prenatal health care questions and information

     Farm-On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     AnswerLine - Questions relating to home and family

O'Brien County Schools:

     H-M-S School District

     South O'Brien School District

     Sheldon Community School

     Sanborn Christian School

     Sheldon Christian School

     St Patricks School - Sheldon

     Zion-St. John Lutheran School

Other schools in NW Iowa

ISU Extension Families Publications Page

ISU Extension Child Development Publications Page

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    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

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    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.
     

  • 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.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • child care providers reviewing paperwork

    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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