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Protecting Your Credit During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting financial challenges are straining many people’s budgets. A sudden and drastic drop in income can leave people in a position to make hard choices to keep up with expenses. Individuals may find they need to rely on credit through a credit card or bank loan to get through an unknown […]

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Parent Cafe: Join the Conversation in Southern Wisconsin

The Parent Cafe is a free, weekly opportunity for parents and caregivers in Southern Wisconsin to talk with each other. As we connect, we find resources and gain skills that can make our families happier. Each Parent Cafe is hosted by an Extension Educator from Southern Wisconsin and lasts one hour. Participants can join via […]

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COVID Crush Virus Transmission Simulation Game

“The model is a highly simplified simulation of how stay-at-home orders, or social distancing, can impact disease transmission.” — COVID Crush developers Caitlin Bourbeau and Malia Jones on how their new “toy model” of disease transmission serves as an educational game on the spread of coronavirus within a community. Play COVID Crush

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Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture introduces online ‘Coffee Chat’ series

Contact: Jenny Vanderlin,, 608-263-7795 University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension’s Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture program will start hosting a new online ‘Coffee Chats’ series in various locations, times and dates across the state starting May 12th, 2020. The Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture Conference series is an Extension program that addresses […]

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Parenting Behind the Behavior

Parenting. . . Behind the Behavior (PBTB) is a weekly Facebook live series produced by a team of Human Development & Relationships Institute colleagues on the Digital Parenting workgroup. Every Thursday at noon a new 3-5 minute, PBTB video is released. PBTB shares short, practical, research based tips on topics related to family engagement and […]

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Activities For Youth During ‘Safer At Home’

Composed By: Ron Jakubisin, Positive Youth Development Educator The COVID19 ‘Safer At Home’ order caused everyone to scramble to figure out how to create order out of the chaos of no school, work-from-home offices, managing school requirements and keeping youth engaged in healthy productive way. Youth are now online learners getting their  school work done […]

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New Video Series: UW Mindful Money Moments

Tune in Wednesday and Friday afternoons on our University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Programs Facebook page for a NEW video series, UW Mindful Money Moments. Each week, our Financial Security Team  Educators will feature a specific topic—how to access your credit report, saving strategies, and reasons to create and follow a spending plan. During the […]

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Community Food Resources

Common Topics Related to COVID-19 During the pandemic, further details about pantries and information about school meal programs (Food Pantry Options document) may be found online at .   Washington County offers a variety of community food resources. To find specific information for each program, please view their web page hyperlinked below.   Nutrition Assistance Programs […]

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Crisis: Focus on What You Can Control

If you are experiencing financial challenges due to income loss or unexpected expenses during this time of pandemic and shut-down, you’re probably feeling tremendous stress. As always, one key to managing uncertainty and stress is to focus on what you can control. There’s no benefit to expending mental and emotional energy on things outside of […]


What is Provided Under the CARES Act?

The Corona-virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27th. The law provides for: Unemployment benefits – add $600 to weekly check and cover gig workers/contractors, so people may now be eligible if they were turned down earlier. The IRS has set up a Coronavirus Tax Relief web page […]