NEW DATES for ACT Raising Safe Kids

ACT Raising Safe Kids

Fridays, 1-3pm
NEW DATES July 28 thru September 22
Course offered both virtually, via Zoom, and in-person at the Emmetsburg Public Library.

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Participants will be sent the link after registering. If you care for a child between the ages of birth to eight years, join us for the ACT Raising Safe Kids series.

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You may have heard someone comment that children do not come with instruction manuals. Many parents depend on their parents, siblings, and friends for advice on how to handle various issues that come up with their children. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a series of classes to help parents and caregivers of children birth to 8 years of age.

ACT Raising Safe Kids teaches positive parenting skills to raise children in safe, healthy environments. Parents will learn about the different ages and stages of development. This will help parents/caregivers learn to help their child develop a sense of confidence, learn problem-solving skills, reinforce pro-social skills, and understand behaviors and actions have consequences.

The program is based on three foundational pieces of evidence from research:

  • The early years are a critical time in development when children are learning basic skills that have long-term effects on their lives.
  • Early experiences can have long-lasting impacts on emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development and on health.
  • Parents and caregivers are teachers, protectors, and advocates for their children.

Participants will receive the ACT Parent Handbook, which includes sets of fact sheets with information on children's typical problem behaviors and outlines basic child development information. The handbook also includes handouts on anger management, positive discipline, media literacy and positive ways to resolve conflict.

Parents, foster parents, grandparents, primary caregivers and others in a parenting role are encouraged to attend the upcoming series scheduled for Fridays, July 28 thru September 22, from 1pm-3pm. This course is offered both directly via Zoom, or participants have the option to attend in-person at the Emmetsburg Public Library. Professionals working with families are encouraged to share this information with clients.

The ACT Raising Safe Kids series consists of nine two-hour sessions and is approved for foster care training credit. The registration cost has been covered through grant support and partnership with the Emmetsburg Public Library. To learn more or to register, visit or contact Jamie Neff at or 712-852-2865.

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