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The recently released Kids Count Report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation offers exclusive data, recommendations and tools on issues related to children and families. It’s one of many annual reports that provide important data about the health and well-being of children in Kansas. This year’s report includes some indicators that the well-being of children in the state is not improving. However, K-State Research and Extension is taking steps to help reduce the number of children in Kansas living in poverty.

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Extension Helps Create ‘Strong People’

Marilyn Menzies of Salina, Kansas, is a senior who works three days a week as a hostess for a local auto dealership. In her role greeting potential buyers, she knows many older adults come in with similar questions.
8/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


Smartphones and tablets have become part of our culture, but that doesn’t mean we should spend all of our time on these devices. In fact, K-State Research and Development child specialist Bradford Wiles says children and adults can benefit from limiting their screen time, especially during family activities. He discusses how everyone can reduce screen time and spend more time interacting with others.

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


While students are enjoying their summer vacation, parents are already thinking about the various school supplies, backpacks, clothing, shoes, instruments, sports gear, electronics, and other miscellaneous items that need to be purchased before summer ends. However, before rushing out to make those purchases, some careful planning will save time and money. K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says to prepare a list of what is needed, but don’t be in a rush to buy everything on your list before classes start.

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Summer learning loss is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than at the beginning of the summer – even when taking the same test. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says that keeping children engaged in education – in a variety of ways – can reduce summer learning loss.

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Millions of people walk down the aisle every year to exchange wedding vows. June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August, May, July and September. However, the “honeymoon” may end sooner for some couples than others. Charlotte Shoup Olsen, a family systems specialist with K-State Research and Extension, says finding ways to stay connected, discovering new things about each other and being a good listener will help keep your marriage fresh.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


A home emergency plan should include safety measures for the entire family – including family pets. In fact, preparing a storm shelter and an emergency kit for pets is very similar to preparing one for the rest of the family: at least three days of fresh water and food, blankets, medications, medical records and identification. You may also want a pet carrier, newspapers, rubber gloves and baggies. Susan Nelson, a doctor of veterinary medicine and an associate professor at the Kansas State University Pet Health Center, says they want to make pet owners more aware that they need to be included in the disaster plan.

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM

Family and Consumer Sciences Careers and 4-H Play Audio

K-State 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences liaison Andrea Feldkamp returns with more examples of how 4-H can help prepare young people in several FCS career areas.

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM

Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping: Keep Fun and Budget in Mind

Holiday ShoppingA K-State expert provides insight into why people enjoy shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and how they can make the most of their shopping experience.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Foster Grandparents Reach Out to Military Kids in Kansas

A partnership between Foster Grandparents and Kansas Operation Military Kids provides seniors with information to assist military children, who face many unique challenges and opportunities.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM