85 things you can do with your kids this summer.

When your children complain that they are bored, it can be challenging to come up with fun activities to help them break out of their funk. Whether you work from home, are a stay-at-home parent, or work outside the house, you need practical ideas to keep your kids busy, particularly during the summer months. Otherwise, they may get too much…

mental health

Reasons Why Mental Health is Important for Children

According to the Mental Health Foundation, mental health problems affect around one in six children. They include depression, anxiety, and conduct disorder (a type of behavioral problem) and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Mental health matters. Taking care of our and our children’s mental health enables everyone to…

I2D2

What is I2D2 and How does it Help Children and Families in Iowa?

I2D2: Connecting Iowa’s Leaders with Accurate, Comprehensive, and Meaningful Data. During the past decade, advances in information technology have ignited a revolution in decision-making, from businesses to communities to government. Previously, decisions in these areas had been heavily influenced by factors other than empirical evidence, including personal experience or observation, instinct, hype, dogma, or beliefs.…

Teaching Kids About Racism

10 Tips to Teaching Kids About Racism

It’s never too early for children to learn about diversity. As parents and caregivers, we must have faith knowing that we can deal with complex settings or situations. As we raise the next generation to tackle racial injustice, we must recognize our duty, to be honest, specific, and trustworthy. Here are some suggestions and tools…