Dare to Excel: Creating Home Environments that Help Kids Succeed at School

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2011-09-01
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Greder, Kimberly
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Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
Human Sciences Extension and Outreach provides research-based information and education to help families make decisions that improve their lives. As the outreach arm of the College of Human Sciences, faculty and staff work together with specialists located across Iowa’s 99 counties to translate university research to practice for local individuals, families, employers, and communities. Human sciences outreach focuses on food safety, nutrition, wellness, caregiving, parenting, relationships, and personal finance for people across the lifespan. Human Sciences hotlines and call centers offer assistance with home and family questions, stress counseling, financial concerns, and legal questions. One of its hallmark programs, the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14), was named the most effective program for decreasing the onset of drug and alcohol problems in youth out of 6,000 prevention and intervention programs. The Pan American Health Organization and the United Nations has adapted SFP 10-14 for use in other countries.
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Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that leads to trust, self-control, and independence. This nine-issue series develops themes such as routines, media limits, and good nutrition. Includes back-to-school tips to get kids ready for a new school year.

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