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March 24, 2020
The 2020 O'Brien County Fair is July 18-23! 
Need information on O'Brien County Fair 4-H Events and Registrations?
Visit this page for all things fair!
March 9, 2020

Our summer camps are offered throughout Cherokee, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties each summer beginning in June and continuing through early-August. The annual camp booklet is released each spring with online registration opening shortly after. For more information on summer camps, please contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach office. 

April 1, 2020

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering a five-session or three-session online course in finances of caregiving and best practices for planning ahead as you age. The course, “Planning As You Age,” will guide individuals through the steps to find and collect needed personal and financial information; the development of a book of important records; discussions of long-term care options and costs; and practical resources to help with family decision-making.

March 26, 2020

Local hospitals are seeking in-kind donations for extra personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of a COVID-19 contingency plan should other available resources become exhausted. Any type of healthcare PPE will be welcomed, especially:

  • gowns
  • gloves (first preference of latex free and powder free)
  • eye protection (best if it provides wrap around protection)
  • masks (especially N95).

To donate, please call your county public health department official or local emergency manager. This will help your local healthcare teams be prepared to care for your community. Those donating should request an in-kind receipt for charitable tax purposes.

August 6, 2019

Clover Kids is a fun youth program designed for children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. The program focuses on inquiry-based hands-on learning. Participants take part in activities  to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living, personal development and expressive arts, all while gaining valuable social skills. Please note registration will open at the end of August, and each group is limited to the first 20 youth registered. 

NEWSLETTERS: 

Family Ties Newsletter    

    

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, 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.

  • social media icons

    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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