After Work Seminar for Day Care Providers

"Cradling Literacy: Using Language and Literacy in Guiding Infant/Toddler Behaviors" is the topic of the 2-hour After Work Seminar to be held September 25, 6:30-8:30pm at North Kansas City Hospital Pavillion. Pre-registration is required for this session co-sponsored by the Northland Early Education Council and Clay County University of Missouri Extension. For questions, contact Diana Milne, Human Development Specialist, at (816) 407-3490 or milned@missouri.eduRegistration form.  Flyer.

4-H Open House to be held September 4

Clay County 4-H invites families interested in joining 4-H to join Nancy Mense, 4-H Youth Specialist, on September 4th at 6 p.m. as a way of "meeting and greeting" club leaders and members at the annual 4-H Open House. Each club will have a table display and representatives from their club to talk to prospective members.  A parent information meeting will begin at 6:30.  September is the best time to get involved. See FLYER. If you cannot attend, but are interested in learning more about 4-H, check our website at

Journal Your Garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year. Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting our plans on paper first and keeping records. MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Feed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas. This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information. It would make a great gift for someone who gardens. Order today at

Business Classes Available

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. Information Flyer  For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate, or (816) 407-3496.

Northland Grandfamilies

 Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Based on the most recent census data, over 4,000 grandparents in the Northland are living with grandchildren under the age of 18. 

Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation.  If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.   View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Master Gardeners are "IN" 9-Noon Monday thru Friday. The public is asked to leave a message so a Master Gardener can return the call if your call is not answered either during office hours or after. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or you can email your question to