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Local Highlights

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December 28, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has brought a new pilot program, called “Small Talk” to Northwest Iowa.

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December 3, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting free virtual workshops for grandparent caregivers and their grandchildren in February and March. The workshops will help give resources, support and practical tips for life skills needed to create and discover rewarding relationships.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Woodbury
November 3, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County is offering a free virtual course in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The course is being offered on two separate dates; Wednesday, December 9, 2020 and Thursday, January 14, 2021 via zoom.

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October 22, 2020

Registration is open for the 26th anniversary Centering on Centers conference! This is a professional development conference for anyone who works with young children, birth through age 8. Join us for a virtual conference that is a high quality, low cost educational opportunity.

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October 19, 2020

When prioritizing expenses, a major household bill is utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, water and sewer, phone and internet/cable). The highest utility cost is typically heating the home. Learn tips to help manage the budget, especially during this trying time.

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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    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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    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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    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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