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Frontier District

Ottawa Office
County Annex Building
1418 S. Main, Suite 2
Ottawa, KS 66067
785-229-3527 fax

Lyndon Office
128 W. 15th
PO Box 400
Lyndon, KS 66451
785-828-3427 fax

Garnett Office
411 S. Oak
PO Box 423
Garnett, KS 66032
785-448-6153 fax

Family and Child Development


Child Development

The family, in all its diverse forms, serves as a cornerstone of a healthy community. Improving the well-being and quality of life for individuals and families helps to build vibrant communities and a stronger nation. The Frontier Extension District strengthens and enhances the well-being of children, adults, and families by providing research-based education in the areas of child development; parenting education; poverty reduction; stress and trauma; adult and family relationships; and financial management.




All in for Kansas Kids


More than $2.1 million in grant funding has been awarded to fuel 59 All in for Kansas Kids Quality Subgrants.

Ottawa was among those that received a grant submitted by Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas. Ottawa is working collaboratively with Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas, Chanute and the Hi-Crest neighborhood of Topeka. Ottawa received over $22,000 to support existing providers to offer high-quality care for infants and toddlers and create 10 additional slots for children birth to three during non-traditional hours.

Read Entire News Release HERE



Monitoring Kids Social Media


Many parents already know that to protect their children from danger, they need to monitor their activities and remain in close communication with them.But when it comes to social media applications – better known as apps – it’s a constantly moving target.

John Calvert, director of the Safe and Secure Schools unit of the Kansas Department of Education, was the featured speaker recently on the K-State Research and Extension series, Living Well Together. His talk was titled, A Parent’s Guide to Social Media. You can find his presentation HERE.

Read Entire News Release HERE





Hand Me Up Program


COVID-19 Resources


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

K-State Research and Extension News COVID-19 Resources - a collection of unbiased, fact-based resources in education, family finances, food, health, mental wellness, outdoor activities, safety. etc. 

Mayo Clinic


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Test Yourself for Hidden Bias



CoupleTALK: Enhancing Your Relationship (KSRE publication)

CoupleTALK Activity Cards (KSRE publication)

Surviving and Thriving during Quarantine 



Bonding Thru Board Games (KSRE publication)

Brain Breaks (South Dakota State University Extension)

Coronavirus: Managing Family Finances (Alabama Cooperative Extension System)

Disasters: Children's Responses and Helping Them Recover

Tips for Families (Zero to Three)

The Child Mind Institute - information about managing anxiety, discipline and behavior



Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence – Free E-Learning Tools for Educators Transitioning to Distance Education


Farmers/Ag Community

American Veterinary Medical Association

Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC website) 

Six Possible Impacts of COVID-19 on Farming  

USDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) website

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide


Mental and Behavioral Health and Well-being

Everyday Mindfulness (KSRE publication)

How to Manage Fighting Kids During a Lockdown?

University of Minnesota Taking Charge of your Health and Wellbeing

Well-Being Toolkit for Children, Educators and Parents



5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning at Home (National 4-H)

Common Sense Education - information about digital citizenship and well-being

Nebraska 4-H Virtual & At-Home Learning

Parenting in a Pandemic

The American Academy of Pediatrics

University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service At Home Activities

Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care (Zero to Three - early childhood resources)


Small Businesses

Kansas Small Business Development Center (Wichita State University)

US Small Business Administration

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide


Telecommuting/Working Remotely

Best Practices for Remote Work (Prepared by Trudy Rice, Program Leader Coordinator for Extension Community Vitality)

Belay Solutions (Virtual.eXtenion.org virtual assistants for teaching and working virtually)

How to Work from Home When You Have Kids (Harvard Business Review)

How Managers Can Be Fair About Flexibility for Parents and Non-Parents Alike (Harvard Business Review)

Try to Balance Workplace and Home When Workplace and Home are the Same (Iowa State University Extension Science of Parenting)


Local/State Information

Anderson County/Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments

Franklin County Health Department

Osage County Health Department (Visit their Facebook page Osage County, Covid-19 for updated information)

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kansas Department of Labor


Helpful Websites

CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

healthychildren.org - from the American Academy of Pediatrics


Franklin County Ripples of Change

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Rebecca McFarland
District Extension Agent
Family and Child Development