YOUTH and FAMILIES

Programs and services for families, parents, caregivers, children and teens

Boone County 4-H and Clover Kids

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

4-H Youth Development empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H positive youth development programming provides opportunities for young people to become competent, caring, contributing, confident and connected citizens with character. Youth camps, trips and scholarships are also available.

 

Contact: Natalie Hedlund

515-432-3882

natm@iastate.edu

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Clover Kids is a fun 4-H program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. The overall purpose of the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturation of kindergarten through third graders by providing a unique, age-appropriate educational opportunity. We offer Clover Kids programs in Boone, Ogden and Madrid.

Contact: Lauren Britton

515-432-3882

brittonl@iastate.edu

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BooSt Together for Children

BooSt is a non profit board that oversees birth to age five services funded by Early Childhood Iowa in Boone and Story Counties. Our goal is to help children enter school ready to learn. Funded programs include home visiting services, childcare nurse consultation, preschool scholarships, crisis care, quality improvement of childcare, family support and education. Services are delivered by contracting with local human service agencies.

Contact: Marion Kresse

900 West Third Street in Boone

515-432-4892

mkresse@boonecounty.iowa.gov

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CPPC - Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

As the DCAT & CPPC Coordinator, Jenny has oversight of all DCAT monies and initiatives for the Story, Boone and Dallas Counties' child welfare system, including contract monitoring, grant writing, community family team meeting facilitation, program development and the Community Partnership for the Protection of Children.  

Contact: Jenny Felt

515-993-1710

jfelt@dhs.state.ia.us

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Court Appointed Special Advocate(CASA)Program

CASA of Iowa recruits, trains, and supports individuals to become Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers to serve as an effective voice in the court for abused and neglected children in the child welfare system. 

 

Contact: Teresa Barnes

877-578-8842

teresa.barnes@dia.iowa.gov

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Drake University Head Start

Drake University Head Start is a federally-funded early education, school-readiness program that helps to prepare 3-and-4-year-old children and their families for kindergarten. Our program will help prepare your child for school success by evaluating their needs, setting goals for their development in basic reading, math and social skills, providing healthy meals and allowing time for play and exercise. Our program will help parents/families learn what to expect for your child in elementary school and from the school setting, how to communicate with your child’s teacher and other school personnel, as well as leadership skills. Our program also offers family literacy programs as well as medical, dental, nutritional and socials services resources and referrals. Drake University Head Start works with families to identify transportation and interpretation needs and services, and all Drake University Head Start services are available to children eligible under IDEA.

Contact: Cassie Clyde

1111 S Linn St, Boone

515-432-2872

                       

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Ericson Public Library

The Ericson Public Library provides the residents of Boone and the surrounding area with access to books and library materials and to other resources, programs and services to meet informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs. The library promotes reading and the use of library materials, and provides support for community, cultural and historical activities. Through its staff, Board and services, the library builds knowledge, understanding and appreciation of libraries and library materials in those it serves.

Contact: Jamie Williams

515-432-3727

jwilliams@boone.lib.ia.us

                       

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Genesis Development

Not for profit that provides residential, vocational, day rehab services for individuals with disabilities.

Explorer’s Day Camp is a summer camp created to provide an organized program for children with disabilities during the summer months when they are not in school. The program provides a safe, structured environment with skilled staff.

Contact: Cathy Miller, Director of Services East  

(515) 432-7288

Cathy@gendeviowa.com

                       

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IMPACT Community Action Partnership

IMPACT is a local organization that has been serving Boone County low-income residents since 1964. IMPACT Community Action Partnership’s mission has and continues to be: working towards eliminating poverty, through empowering vulnerable populations building collaborations, and advocating for social change.


School Supplies Program: Provides school age children with backpacks and supplies for the start of the school year annually each August.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities: IMPACT also provides after-school activities assistance through its RAYS program.

Contact: Amber Ahrens

515-432-5052

boone@impactcap.org

                       

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IMPACT Community Action Partnership

IMPACT is a local organization that has been serving Boone County low-income residents since 1964. IMPACT Community Action Partnership’s mission has and continues to be: working towards eliminating poverty, through empowering vulnerable populations building collaborations, and advocating for social change.


School Supplies Program: Provides school age children with backpacks and supplies for the start of the school year annually each August.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities: IMPACT also provides after-school activities assistance through its RAYS program.

Contact: Jessica Luckey

515-432-5052

boone@impactcap.org

                       

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​Lutheran Services in Iowa

LSI is one of Iowa’s largest human services agencies and impacts tens of thousands of Iowans annually through child abuse prevention, services for families and youth in crisis, services for people with disabilities, and refugee services.

Car Seat Safety: Our agency has certified child passenger safety technicians that can help families properly use their child’s car seat.

 

Crisis Child Care: Our agency is able to place your child(ren) for up to 72 hours in a registered day care in home provider while the family deals with a crisis situation. To qualify families must be residents of Boone County, have a child age(s) 0-12, and be experiencing a crisis with no other options for support. This service cannot be used as back up child care and is free to families.


People Place: Located in Ames, families residing in Boone or Story County are able to attend our day time parent programming, where we also offer free child care. Come network with other families, listen to community speakers and discuss developmental topics. Attendance is free.
 

Nurturing Parent: A peer support group where families from Boone or Story County and come in the evening, twice a month and discuss parenting and development topics. The group last's 8-10 weeks and is offered in the Spring and Fall. Attendance is required for all sessions if a certificate is needed. A light meal, child care and attendance is free.

Parents as Teachers: An in home visiting program offered in Boone and Story Counties. The program is free and voluntary for families with children age(s) 0-5. Our trained Parent Educators meet with families to focus on parent-child interaction, literacy, kindergarten readiness and developmental milestones.

Contact: Alyssa Rasmussen

515-233-1677

alyssa.rasmussen@lsiowa.org

                       

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Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)

1st Five helps children 0-5 years old by helping to find resources in the following areas: physical development, social-emotional development, autism and family stressors. 1st Five partners with local medical providers by supporting the use of screening and surveillance tools used at well child check ups and acting as a one stop referral source to follow up with patients in need of early intervention services and community resources.

 

Contact: Megan Thompson

515-232-9020, ext 129

megan.thompson@micaonline.org

Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) is for families receiving FIP benefits. MICA FaDSS serves families with Head of Household 26 years and older. This program works with families to address barriers to success, including unemployment, substance abuse, education, physical health, and mental health. A family development specialist meets one-on-one with each family.

 

Contact: Jasie Nott

515-956-3333

jnott@micaonline.org

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Salvation Army 

Provides financial assistance for evictions and utility shut offs, food pantry, payee program, emergency disaster services, Christmas assistance, children's programs, referrals to other agencies and services, along with pastoral care for the community.

 

Contact: Sharon Karpin

515-432-5770

sharon_karpin@usc.salvationarmy.org

 

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Youth Standing Strong - YSS

YSS offers a variety of services for children, teens and families, including: counseling, substance abuse treatment, substance abuse prevention, tobacco prevention, mentoring, Kids Club before and after school care, family development, teen pregnancy prevention, and transitional living services.

Contact: Tina Palmer

tpalmer@yss.org

515.433.2091

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YSS Kids Club - Ogden and Boone

Available for kids in K-6 grade, YSS Kids Club is a quality before-/-after school and summer program. YSS’s Kids Club program is designed to support healthy development beyond the classroom. Building on your child’s natural desire to learn new things, our programming helps them become more self-reliant. Our fully-trained, high-quality staff creates a nurturing, comfortable and positive environment, allowing children to build positive relationships with caring adults.
 

  • Before School Kids Club for K-6 (Opens at 6:30 a.m.)

  • After School Kids Club for K-6 (Closes at 6:00 p.m.)

  • Summer Kids Club: We offer a full day program, Monday through Friday (6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) during summer months.

             

Ogden Contact: Beth Kretzinger 

515-298-0587

kcogden@yss.org

Boone Contact: Katie Gorman

515-451-4335

kcboone@yss.org

                       

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