Home and Family

Local Highlights

Four pressure canned jars of vegetables
June 19, 2018

Preserve your summer bounty through pressure canning! ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, Holly VanHeel will walk you through how to safely use your pressure canner, strategies for different recipes and answer your questions about canning!

Photo with two adults one woman is despressed and one man looking at her
June 12, 2018

AMES, Iowa — Suicide has been prominently in the news with the recent deaths of well-known celebrities.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.

Summer Slide Graphic
June 5, 2018

Find ways to help children continue learning throughout the summer to ensure they have a smoother start to the next school year.

STEM Chaos Day Camp
June 1, 2018

Youth who have completed Kindergarten- 3rd grade are invited to explore STEM through this hands-on activities!

Ricochet Logo
May 25, 2018

Youth in grades 5-8 are welcome to participate in the 4-H Ricochet Leadership Program June 21 & 22.

Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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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