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Little Books and Little Cooks

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Little Books & Little Cooks program is a national ward winning program (from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) to address parenting and nutrition information. The program teaches both parents and their young children (ages 3-5) important milestones of early learning and literacy, school readiness and good nutrition through a seven-week program. Topics for seven weeks include: proper hand washing procedure, food safety and kitchen safety rules, USDA MyPlate (five food groups), benefits of cooking with children, multicultural foods, parents’ feeding style and hunger and fullness cues, picky eating behaviors, and importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Reading children’s books about nutrition and healthy eating as well as cooking and eating together allow both children and parents to learn about healthy eating and nutrition and gain positive parent-child interaction skills. This program offers children a way to learn important pre-kindergarten skills, including math, science, physical development, health and nutrition, literacy development, social development and creative arts, as well as to try new, nutritious foods.

Issue:

The first six years of life have a significant effect on children’s development, and parents play the most important role during this time. When children learn healthy eating habits at an early age, they will continue to use these habits throughout their lives. Especially children enjoy learning with parents. Cooking is the one of a few activities that can help to increase children’s abilities in math, science, social studies, reading, language, motor development, art, music and social skills in a meaningful and appealing ways, and help parents to learn healthy eating information and their own feeding style, which help them to raise nutritionally healthy children (Spears, 2000). Children are more likely to get excited about healthful eating when they are part of the process and when they are reading the book about healthy eating.

What Has Been Done:

Since 2012 the Little Books and Little Cooks program has reached ethnically diverse families (52% Hispanic, 29% Caucasian, 8% Asian, 4% African American and 7% Others) in a variety of community settings (Library, parent centers, community centers, schools, Head Start). Sixty six program series were taught (2012 — 2014) and the program has reached 626 adults and 752 young children.

Impact:
  • Children’s cooking skills were improved (13 cooking skills were observed).
  • Parent-child interactions were improved during cooking.
  • Parents were more likely to report that their children and they consumed more fruits and vegetables after completing the program than before completing the program.
  • Parents reported that they are more authoritative when feeding their children (encouraging, setting limits, etc.).
  • At the last day of the program, parents reported fewer picky eating behaviors of their children.
  • Parents cooked more often for their families and cooked more often with their children.
  • At the last day of the program, all parents and children understood how to match each food with the food group to which it belongs.
  • At the last day of the program, parents and children mastered proper hand washing.
  • Most of the parents read books about healthy eating and nutrition with their children at home.
Partners:

CCSD Title I Family and Community Engagement Services, Libraries (Henderson, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas), Clark County and City of Las Vegas Community and Recreation Centers, Acelero Head Start, UMC Family Resource Center and indoor play centers for children.

Contacts: YaeBin Kim, Assistant Professor of Parenting Education and Child Development, 702-257-5521
Heidi Petermeier, Program Officer, 702-257-5588,
Chelle Miller, 702-257-5565,
Joann Trujillo, 702-257-5531

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Little Books and Little Cooks

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Little Books & Little Cooks program is a national ward winning program (from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) to address parenting and nutrition information. The program teaches both parents and their young children (ages 3-5) important milestones of early learning and literacy, school readiness and good nutrition through a seven-week program. Topics for seven weeks include: proper hand washing procedure, food safety and kitchen safety rules, USDA MyPlate (five food groups), benefits of cooking with children, multicultural foods, parents’ feeding style and hunger and fullness cues, picky eating behaviors, and importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Reading children’s books about nutrition and healthy eating as well as cooking and eating together allow both children and parents to learn about healthy eating and nutrition and gain positive parent-child interaction skills. This program offers children a way to learn important pre-kindergarten skills, including math, science, physical development, health and nutrition, literacy development, social development and creative arts, as well as to try new, nutritious foods.

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