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April 2, 2020

The National Restaurant Association is offering free Food Handler and COVID-19 training online and for download throughout April. The training is intended for delivery and carry-out operations, but everyone will find the information useful, says Anirudh Naig, a food safety state extension specialist and associate professor in apparel, events and hospitality management at Iowa State University./webster/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/webster/gloves.jpg

March 24, 2020

garden plotIowa State University Extension and Outreach has numerous publications to help you plan your 2020 garden.

March 19, 2020

4-H CloverIowa 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing youth and their families with research-based, accessible online learning opportunities. A collection of online educational resources for K-12 youth audiences is available on the 4-H At Home Learning Resources webpage. These engaging educational resources from the local, state and national 4-H program are available for all youth and their families to further explore project area learning virtually.

March 13, 2020

Caregiving often includes the need to make wise financial decisions – for the person who needs care and alsofor the caregivers themselves! Start now to prepare. The Finances of Caregiving workshop series offers you and your family key information about available resources and strategies, and gets you started gathering needed information. Tuesdays, March 24 and 31 plus April 7,14, 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Webster County Extension Office in Fort Dodge.   Fee is $35, and allows several members of a family to participate together. Pre-Register by March 17 at http://bit.ly/foc15120 or call Webster Co Extension at 515-576-2119 with questions.  Finances of Caregiving flyer.

child deep in thought
March 11, 2020

News regarding COVID-19 can be frightening for children. It might be easy to assume that young ones are not impacted by the News regarding COVID-19, but children have a keen sense of radar and pick up on our body language, adult conversations, and news media stories. Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their child.

Local Help for Tough Times Updated 12/04/19 (PDF file)




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

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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.

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    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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