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The Little Books Little Cooks bilingual parenting education program works with families with preschool aged children to increase knowledge about and consumption of fruits and vegetables, and to increase physical activity.

The LBLC programs’ goal is to create positive child parent interaction, which is met through nutrition education, cooking classes, and healthy eating. The LBLC program is seven weeks in length with a weekly class that lasts between an hour and a half to two hours. There are two instructors present for each class with one instructor conducting the classes in Spanish and the other conducting the class in English. Each class can have a maximum of twelve families participating, and children outside of the preschool age are still welcome to attend.

A major component of the LBLC program is the instructor’s ability to utilize cooking as a way to teach nutrition education. Cooking allows parents and children to learn about nutrition and cook together, which helps break down the idea that preschoolers cannot help in the kitchen. This program integrates cooking into the classes to promote healthier at home behaviors, and to increase child school readiness, as the cooking skills from class can translate to basic math, direction following, science, literacy, and reading and comprehension.

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Audiences Served

Low income families in Washoe County that have preschool-aged children.

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Partners

  • Washoe County School District
  • Head Start
  • Washoe County Libraries
  • Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
  • Northern Nevada Literacy Council

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Contact

Dan Weigel
(775)-784-4848
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

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