Stay Connected Through Events with Iowa Family Support Network

The Iowa Family Support Network would like to keep you posted on upcoming events in your area. Whether you are a parent or a provider, we will do our best to post any workshops, conferences, classes, and kid friendly events that are close to you!

  1. Healthy Meals & Snacks in Summer

    05/03/2019 @ 10:00am
    West Des Moines Public Library

    Are you wanting to serve your family healthy, delicious food this summer? Ellen Davis, Hy-Vee. Sports Dietician, will give tips on summer meals and snacks.

    This class is geared toward parents of young children, birth through preschool. Parents can learn while their children play with Imagination Playground blue blocks. Classes are led by Jessica Pierce, early childhood parent educator with WDMCS. Community Education. Refreshments will be provided.

    The class is one hour, from 10-11 AM. Please register through the West Des Moines Public Library at

    Questions? Contact Jessica Pierce, early childhood parent educator at 515-633-5008 or

  2. The 2019 Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support Conference; Cost: $155

    FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny

    The Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support Conference brings together more than 400 professionals with a focus on improving well-being in Iowa families. National and state experts share the latest research and strategies among service sectors including family support, early childhood, education, health care and social work. This nationally recognized event increases the knowledge, skills and collaboration needed to improve the future well-being of our state.

    Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is happy to bring this valuable education to all family support professionals in Iowa and thanks our presenting sponsor the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program with the Iowa Department of Public Health.

    To register or for more information visit:

  3. National Family Support Network's National Forum

    Washington, DC

    The National Family Support Network Forum welcomes you to join us for this unique opportunity to learn about and connect with Family Support and Strengthening Networks nationwide - all in one place. These 29 state Networks are comprised of more than 3,000 Family Support and Strengthening organizations, such as Family Resource Centers, working with families across the great geographical and demographic diversity of the United States.

    The Forum will build on the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project and focus attention on the need to support and strengthen families in every state.

    The Forum is designed for key stakeholders working at the systems and policy levels such as national, state, and local policymakers, public departments, Children's Trust Fund staff, private funders, Family Support and Strengthening Network leaders and representatives, and national nonprofit organizations (up to 4 participants per organization).

    Featured Content

    •Federal, state, local, and private foundation perspectives on the value of investing in Family Support and Strengthening Networks

    •Progress update on Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project

    •Funders Huddle

    •Interactive exploration of NFSN Member Networks across the country through table rotation visits

    Optional Afternoon Content

    •Network Development Session - An overview, discussion, and individualized support about how to develop a new Family Support and Strengthening Network, and how to set up and fund a Family Resource Center System of Support for Families

    •Virtual Family Resource Center Tour

    For more information and to register, please click here:

  4. Parenting Classes

    05/11/2019 @ 09:00am
    Winterset Extension Office 117 John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273


    1. INDRODUCTION: Iowa Child Abuse Laws, Goals to Parenting- MARCH 9

    2. WHAT IS ACES: Abuse, Neglect, Dysfunction- MARCH 16

    3. HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD FROM A PREDATOR: Protecting, Warning Signs, Behaviors, Myths- MARCH 23

    4. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Myths & Realities, Dangerous Behaviors, Effects of Domestic Violence on Children- MARCH 30

    5. TO DICIPLINE WITHOUT HARM: Discipline Toolbox, Tips, Techniques, Charts for Change, Guidelines- APRIL 6

    6. FAMILY RESOURCES & PARENT ENVOLVEMENT: What is Family, Engaging in Childs School, Involvement, Bullying- APRIL 13

    7. COMMUNICATION & PROBLEM SOLVING: Ways to Communicate, Negative & Non-Verbal Communication- APRIL 20

    8. IDENTIFYING YOUR STRESORS: What is Stress, Quiz, Stress Management, Stress Relief, Kids & Stress- APRIL 27

    9. IDENTIFYING YOUR STRENTHS: Personal Strengths, Relabeling, Temperament Assessment, Worksheet- MAY 4

    10. UNCONDITONAL LOVE & BONDING: Ways to Show Unconditional Love, Bonding with your Child- MAY 11

    WHEN: (Saturday Mornings) March 9- May 11, 2019

    RSVP: 515-468-5517 or (click on the calendar)

    COST: $10.00/Class or $75.00 for whole series

    Parenting Way, Inc.

    Phone: 515.255.9490

    Fax: 515.279.5163


  5. Don't Give Kids a Tummy Ache!

    Lamoni; 2 hours; no cost

    Learn how to protect the children in your care from food borne illness. Practice activities that teach the basics of preventing food borne illness. Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS and CACFP approved course.

  6. Elder Abuse Awarenss Symposium

    06/04/2019 @ 09:00am
    Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Council Bluffs is hosting an Elder Abuse Awareness Symposium on June 4, 2019 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Mark your calendars for this Full-day training to provide tools and support to aid in the prevention of financial exploitation of elders.

    This training is for service providers, health care employees, and other community members who have contact with elders in the community.

    For more information contact Tasha Jones: or 800-432-9209 ext 8157. You can also visit:

  7. Iowa Deafblind Summer Symposium 2019

    Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, IA

    When: June 6-7th, 2019 – Pre-symposium workshop will be offered on June 5th.

    Where: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, IA

    What: The Summer Symposium includes information on Cortical Vision Impairment & AAC, Central

    Auditory Processing Disorder, and Functional Hearing Evaluation

    Presenters will include:

     Dr. Jeanane Ferre – Central Auditory Evaluation and Treatment

     Christopher Russell – New York Deafblind Project

     Adam Graves – Texas Deafblind Project/Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

    Registration fee: $50 for professionals and parents Registration fee waived for parents of children on Iowa’s Deafblind Registry. Licensure renewal credit available through Grant Wood AEA.

    To register follow the instructions below:

    1. Click on the link for AEA PD

    2. Enter in your login information or create an account.

    3. Under "courses" search for Deafblind Symposium.

    4. Select either the professional registration section #251264 or parent registration section #270377 .

    Enter in request information. You will received a confirmation email from Grant Wood

    AEA/AEA PD that you have successfully registered.

    5. If you have special dietary needs or require accommodations, please contact Susan Brennan

    directly at

  8. Elder Abuse Awareness Lunch and Learn

    06/13/2019 @ 11:00am
    Creston, Iowa

    Creston's Southwestern Community College is hosting an Elder Abuse Awareness Lunch and Learn from 11 AM- 2PM on June 13, 2019. Mark your calendars for this FREE training to provide tools and support to aid in the prevention of financial exploitation of elders.

    This training is for service providers, health care employees, and other community members who have contact with elders in the community.

    For more information contact Tasha Jones: or 800-432-9209 ext 8157. You can also visit:

  9. Easterseals Iowa

    Des Moines, Iowa

    Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside Summer Resident Camp has an exciting opportunity to offer, a three-day AAC Challenge Camp during the C7 Challenge Camp Week (July 21, 2019-July 26,2019)! Campers who are interested in the AAC Challenge Camp can choose to attend for the entire week of Challenge Camp with other resident campers, with a cost of $600, or attend the three-day AAC portion only (Sunday through Tuesday), at a cost of $300.

    AAC Challenge Camp, July 21, 2019-July 23, 2019, will be a three-day opportunity for campers age 12-17, who utilize an Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication device to support their communication. During these three days, coaches will guide the camper's specific goals and needs. The coaches will be college students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and will guide expressive language and critical thinking skills with supervision from Speech-Language Pathologists!

    Campers will spend their days having fun swimming, horseback riding, doing arts and crafts, and much, much more. Challenge Camp (Week C7) will offer a variety of opportunities that will challenge and reward campers for their efforts.

    Registration is limited-so sign up today. Visit the Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside wevsite and register for week C7, Challenge Camp at

    Once you have submitted this application, notify the Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Team that you will be joining us for camp by emailing, calling 866-866-8782, or calling TTY at 515-289-4069. The AT team will contact you to gain some additional information about the camper's AAC device so that they are ready to go for camp!

    For more information: Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program at 866-866-8782 (Toll Free) or 515-289-4069 or

  10. Learning Supports Symposium

    08/05/2019 @ 11:00am
    Riverside High School, 18997 US-59, Oakland, IA 51560

    This is a two day conference on 8th-9th. Keynote Speakers are Jim Sporleder and Tasha Schuh

    Our first session in the Spotlight is:

    "Teens for Love" Youth Programming - presented by Emmalee Bowlin, Director of Youth Engagement at Please Pass the Love.

    We know that empowering our young people and giving them a voice can dramatically change the culture in schools. Our goal at Please Pass the Love is to increase mental health supports in our schools and a large piece of that is our youth programming. Through our Teens for Love program and our annual Youth School Climate Leadership Summit, we empower students to become leaders and mental health ambassadors in their schools. They have a voice and we help them find it. In this session, you will learn about our youth programming and what it takes to get a club started in your school. We will have a panel of our youth leaders that will share their stories and their experience with T4L and the annual Summit.

    If you are interested please visit: