Home and Family

Local Highlights

September 7, 2018

Attend these workshops to learn about the benefits of a slow cooker, adjusting recipes for, how to make the most out of cooking for a household of one or two, by fruits and vegetables on a budget, identify whole grains and read and compare food labels.

August 21, 2018

You and your parents are invited to attend the Strengthening Families Program.  It's fun & free!  Evening meals are provided and free child care is provided for younger siblings.  Students receive $3 each week they attend.  This program has been successful over the past 16 years with more than 1200 families participating from the Fort Dodge area.  

August 16, 2018

Father and SonFinances of Caregiving is a new five session workshop from ISU Extension and Outreach being held Tuesdays, October 16-November 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Webster County Extension office. The program focuses on tools and strategies to assist caregivers in protecting their own financial well-being and maximize the financial and physical well-being of the person for whom they are caring.

June 23, 2018

The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening.  The program equips participants to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices.  After the training, Master Gardeners volunteer in their community, making significant contributions such as fiving produce to food pantries and demonstrating garden best practices at Iowa's county fairgrounds.

June 14, 2018

Suicide Awareness Ribbon

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. The effects of suicide are often felt beyond the person who acted to take his or her life.  It can have a lasting impact on family, friends, schools, churches, work sites, and communities, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Local Help for Tough Times Updated 04/12/17(PDF file)


 

 


 

Dare to Excel

Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Dare to Excel newsletters focus on different themes that promote student learning such as developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition.  Click here for more information and to register for monthly newsletters.

 


 

Parents: Provide Positive Sports Experiences for Your Kids!

 

 


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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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