Family & Food

In partnership with Iowa State’s College of Human Sciences, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach engages you through research-based education, empowering you to live your best life. Our education helps you become closer to family, raise healthy children, talk with your teens, improve relationships, enjoy a lifetime full of memories, save more money, live a healthy life, have access to trusted resources, and care for yourself and others. We invite you to join us in person, virtually, or on-line!

Calling all Page County Families with children 5 & under!

We have a program just for you!

Growing Strong Families

Growing strong Families serves families who are expecting a child as well as those with children up to five years of age who live in Fremont and Page counties.

This program is FREE to participating families.  GSF is a voluntary, curriculum-based home visitation program designed  to help you:  

  • Understand your child at each age and stage
  • Encourage positive behaviors
  • Have fun with age-appropriate activities
  • Plan nutritious meals and snacks and encourage healthy eating
  • Create environments that assist your child to reach his or her full potential
  • Develop family resource plans

During a personal visit, a parent educator will:

  • Share information based on your needs
  • Teach lessons on child development, nutrition, resource management, and health and safety
  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate activities
  • Provide annual screenings
  • Connect you with organizations that support and enrich your family  

Educational Topics

  • Aggression
  • Anger management
  • Art and construction
  • Body awareness
  • Cause and effect
  • Eating, feeding, and nutrition
  • Everyday math
  • Fears
  • Feelings
  • Honesty
  • Importance of music
  • Intellectual development
  • Kitchen lessons
  • Language Development
  • Listening
  • Physical development
  • Play
  • Positive discipline
  • Routine and schedule
  • School readiness
  • Self-esteem
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Sleep issues
  • Social-emotional development
  • Taming the television
  • Temperament
  • Toilet training

Interesting in finding out more for yourself, or for someone else? 

Call 712.542.5171 or Email: xpage@iastate.edu

COVID-19 Presents Unique Childcare Concerns

Families are understandably feeling overwhelmed with child care decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISU Extension and Outreach has developed the COVID-19 Child Care Considerations publication series to help families sort through decisions during these trying times.

Do you know someone who would benefit from Growing Strong Families?

Contact the Page County Extension office for more information. We would be glad to tell you about the many ways Growing Strong Families can help you or some you know. These services are free and available to anyone with a child in the home ages 0-5 years.

Call 712-542-5171 for more information - we are happy to help! 

Download the Program Brochure