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Seniors Eating Well

Healthy eating and nutrition education for older adults.

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Healthy Aging

Extension has been providing nutrition and exercise programs for older adults in Nevada for over 10 years. Healthy habits and behaviors as you get older can contribute to a productive and meaningful life. The importance of maintaining healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle can be beneficial to overall independence and longevity.

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4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

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Small Business development in rural Nevada

Extension offered business planning classes to existing and potential small-scale entrepreneurs through a series of interactive video and face-to-face classes.

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Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training

Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one Extension representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period.

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Nevada Desert Bioscape

Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the green industry of southern Nevada. The program uses the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the

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New Extension associate director to develop training and leadership programs

Shannon Horrillo joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

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Shannon HorrilloHorrillo is the associate director of University of Nevada, Reno Extension. Photo by Robert Moore.

University of Nevada, Reno Extension welcomes Shannon Horrillo to their staff as associate director.

Horrillo, along with providing primary support to Ivory W. Lyles, the director of Extension, will develop training and leadership programs for new faculty and be the primary communication link between faculty and the community. She will also be charged with providing leadership for effective programming and finding new grant and funding opportunities for Extension programs.

“A key component of Horrillo’s responsibilities will also be developing an accountability system,” said Lyles. “This is so effective communication of program impact can be achieved for Extension, federal, state and county partners.”

Shannon will help create high-quality programs with significant impacts on Nevada

“I’m looking forward to working with both Extension faculty and the community. I’m also excited to provide leadership for new programs and represent Extension at all levels.” - Horrillo

 

Laughlin-Searchlight 4-H Afterschool Program maintains popularity

Program starts 2019-2020 year with 100 students enrolled

Kane Wickham, with the

4H youth with rocketsExtension's Will Douglas (left) prepares to help 4-H students in Searchlight launch rockets as part of the Laughlin-Searchlight 4-H Afterschool Program. Photo by Kelli Carlson.

The Laughlin-Searchlight 4-H Afterschool Program activities for 2019-2020 have begun and they are big this year. 

Will Douglas of Extension in Laughlin addressed the program at the recent Laughlin Town Advisory Board meeting. He said that the program is fun and exciting and provides extraordinary learning opportunities in the hours after school. 

The 4-H Afterschool Program, along with the other programs within Extension's Nevada 4-H Youth Development Program, offers innovative “learn-by-doing” activities to develop and enhance lifelong skills such as leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, decision-making and civic responsibility. 4-H offers a variety of project areas to participate in and learn from, as well as a multitude of new opportunities to explore and develop personal awareness.

4-H Afterschool develops programs to fit the demographics of local communities and counties. The organization offers support to other youth-serving programs in various formats, depending on the needs and interests of the youth and adults involved.

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A comparison of beliefs and attitudes about body image, eating and weight between incarcerated and non-incarcerated females.
This study looks at behavioral health associated with weight concerns, body image, obesity and eating pathologies. Left untreated these may serve as triggers for relapse. The study observed differences in beliefs and attitudes about body image, eating and weight between incarcerated females and non-incarcerated sample.
Lindsay, A. 2015, UNLV Dissertation
A Gender-specific approach to improving substance abuse treatment for women: The Healthy Steps to Freedom (HSF) Program
This study tested the efficacy of a supplemental health and body image curriculum designed for women in substance abuse treatment who report weight concerns called Healthy Steps to Freedom (HSF).
Lindsay, A., Warren, C., Velasquez S., & Lu, M. 2012, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43(1), 61-69.
A media effort addressing preschool inactivity through family, community, and Extension collaboration
To improve healthy eating and movement in children, a media project was developed with the help of community partners that promoted dance and play through music. Results indicated that children who participated in the program demonstrated improvement in healthy behaviors (significant at p < .05).
Lindsay, A. 2010, Journal of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 5 (11).
A Qualitative Study of the Emotional and Spiritual Needs of Hispanic Families in Hospice
To address the underlying disparities in the cultural, emotional, and spiritual aspects of hospice care, the objective of the present qualitative study was to examine the emotional and spiritual needs of Hispanic patients' families while in hospice.
Nuñez, A., Holland, J. M., Beckman, L., Kirkendall, A., & Luna, N. 2017, Palliative and Supportive Care
A Qualitative Study Using Community Cultural Wealth to Understand the Educational Experiences of Latino College Students
The Latino population is the largest minority group in the United States and has the highest high school dropout rate of any ethnic group. If the U.S. is to compete in the global economy, it is important to understand factors that facilitate Latino education success.
Luna, N. and Martinez, M. 2013, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education. 7:1
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit CD© Lindsay, A. 2009, UNCE Audio Visual AV-09-01, Copyright American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit Classroom Education for Young Children. Lindsay, A., Byington, T., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2010, UNCE Curriculum Material CM-10-06
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit DVD© Lindsay, A. 2009, UNCE Audio Visual AV-09-02
Anahuac school and community engagement program facilitator’s manual
This curriculum is based on the cultural values, traditions and heritage of Mexican origin or descent youth; however, participants of all ethnic groups may participate. The curriculum is designed to increase positive ethnic identity and thus increasing protective factors for high school success.
Luna, N., Rodriguez, A., & Hawk, S. 2009, Reno: University of Nevada, Reno
Anahuac school and community engagement program, Participant Manual
This participant manual is a companion to the facilitator manual. The curriculum is designed to increase positive ethnic identity and thus increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors primarily for school dropout.
Luna, N., Rodriguez, A., & Hawk, S. 2012, Reno: University of Nevada, Reno.
Building Vocabulary
A variety of techniques can be used to promote the development of language and literacy skills in young children. Building a child’s vocabulary is a great way for parents and teachers to nurture children’s oral language skills and influences a child’s ability to comprehend written words in the future.
Teresa Byington & YaeBin Kim 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-14-07
Children Are What They Eat. Sigman-Grant, M. J., Lindsay, A. R., Byington, T. A. 2014, UNCE Publication AV-14-02
Cocinando Con Niños Pequeños (Cooking with Young Children) Kim, Y. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-17-01
Community readiness to address Latino school dropout in Clark County
This article documents the assets, needs and community readiness related to addressing the school dropout rate in Clark County. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) faculty conducted interviews with nineteen key stakeholders and informants in Clark County who were connected to the issue of school dropout.
Luna, N. 2009, Border-Lines Journal of the Latino Research Center. 3, 64-109
Como Apoyar a Los Aprendices de Dos Idiomas en Los Primeros Años de Vida (How to Support Dual Language Learners in the Early Years) Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS 12-18
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Cooking With Young Children
Cooking with children can be considered a fun learning activity for both young children and their parents. Cooking is one of a few activities that can improve many abilities at once. Children can enhance math, science, language, motor development, art and social skills through cooking.
Kim, Y. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-03
Creating an Autobiography: Starting the Process Collins, Petermeier 2009, FS-09-02
Creating an Autobiography: A Family Keepsake Collins, Petermeier 2009, FS-09-03
Dying to Be Thin, How Far Will You Go? Body Image and Cultural Standards of Beauty. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-07-47.
Dynamic energy balance: An integrated framework for discussing diet and physical activity in obesity prevention - Is it more than eating less and exercising more?
This paper highlights the importance of advancing nutrition educators’ understanding about PA, and its synergistic role with diet, and the value of incorporating a dynamic energy balance approach into obesity-prevention programs.
Manore, M., Larson-Meyer, E., Lindsay, A., Hongu, N. and Houtkooper, L. 2017, Nutrients 9(8):905. doi:10.3390/nu9080905. Available at: www.mdpi.com/journal/nutrients
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E-Books for Young Children Kim, Y. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Emergent Writing
Children need to be encouraged to experiment with writing by having access to a variety of writing materials and tools. With experience, children become fluent and proficient at writing words and sentences using correct punctuation.
Byington, T., & Kim, Y. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-14-08
Engineering in the Preschool Classroom
Children are natural engineers. Adults can help develop children’s beginning engineering skills by giving them things to build with and to take apart, asking questions, and providing them with safe opportunities and places to test out their ideas. In this fact sheet we focus on the engineering-related skills of building and construction, and movement and force.
Weigel, D., Byington, T. and Kim, Y. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-19-04
Evaluation of Food Action Planning Committee Meeting and Urban Agriculture and Food Sustainability Forum, August 23-24, 2017 Buffington, A., and Bosket, C. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Evaluation of Hospice Care by Family Members of Hispanic and non-Hispanic Patients
This study relied upon information from the family evaluation of hospice care survey provided by 2980 caregivers, 152 of whom cared for a Hispanic patient and 2828 who cared for a non-Hispanic patient.
Kirkendall, A., Holland, J., Keene, J., Luna, N. 2016, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 32:3, 313-321
Family Evaluation of Hospice Care: Examining Direct and Indirect Associations with Overall Satisfaction and Caregiver Confidence
The Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey is widely employed by hospices, and several studies have examined this information to help inform and enhance end-of-life services. The present study aimed to examine the mediating effects of demographic factors, length of stay, timing of referral, and others.
Holland, J., Kirkendall, A., Keene, J., Luna, N. 2016, Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care. 13, 901-908.
Family Storytelling and the Benefits for Children
Parents are encouraged time and time again to read stories from books with their young children, as the benefits are many – improved literacy skills, increased school success, parent-child bonding, developing a lifetime interest in reading and more.
Kim, Y. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-16-07
Field assessment for obesity prevention in children and parents: Physical activity, fitness and body composition.
This report will assist educators in identifying and selecting appropriate field-based assessments for measurement of PA, physical fitness, and body composition for children and adults. Specific guidelines, references, and resources are given for selecting assessment methods and test within these 3 areas.
Lindsay, A., Hongu, K., Spears, K., Dyrek, A. & Manore, M. 2014, Journal of Nutrition Education Behavior 46 (1):43-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.03.013
Get Active! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-81
Get Fit! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-73
Get Moving! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-76
Get Ready, Get Set, Let’s Go! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2008, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-08-35
Get Regular! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-79.
Get Up, Get Out! Lindsay, A., & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-80
Growth, Obesity and Energy Balance. Lindsay, A. R., Sigman-Grant, M. J., Byington, T. A. 2014, UNCE Publication AV-14-01
Have it Your Weigh! Portion Sizes & Dining Out. Lindsay, A., Wilson, M., & Velasquez, S. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-07-46.
Head Start families thoughts and beliefs about health, nutrition, and physical activity. Byington, T. A., Lindsay, A. R., Loesch-Griffin, D., Brumett, S., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2013, National Head Start Association, NHSA Dialog, 16(3), 64-76.
Healthy choices start early Byington, T. A., Lindsay, A., Sigman-Grant, M. J. 2014, Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 69(5), 14-21
Healthy Steps to Freedom: A Health and Body Image Curriculum. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2009, UNCE Curriculum Material CM-09-02
How to leverage your state's land grant Extension system: Partnering to promote physical activity.
The purpose of this manuscript is to describe Extension and provide case studies on physical activity promotion within this setting.
Harden, S., Gunter, K., Lindsay, A. R. 2018, Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine 3(15):113-118
How to Support Dual Language Learners (DLL) in the Early Years
It is important for young Dual Language Learners (DLL) s to be exposed to diverse early literacy experiences (e.g., reading books, sharing nursery rhymes, taking children to the library, helping children learn about letters) either at home or in child care programs,
Kim, Y. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-11-68
Indigenous Mexican culture, identity and academic aspirations: Results from a community-based curriculum project for Latina/Latino students
This study examines a community-based cultural program about indigenous Mesoamerican traditions and heritage. Results of the mixed-method evaluation study include quantitative and qualitative data for 225 high school students who were primarily Latina/Latino.
Luna, N., Evans W. & Davis, B. 2015, Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Education. 8:3, 341-362
Infant Language Development
From the moment babies are born, they are learning how to communicate. Babies first communicate by crying and then begin to coo and babble. Infants’ speech develops as they are exposed to sounds and language, spoken and unspoken. Gestures, facial expressions and sounds are all part of language development.
Byington, T. and Kim, Y. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-06
Influencing Head Start families thoughts and beliefs about health, nutrition, and physical activity. Byington, T. A., Lindsay, A. R., Loesch-Griffin, D., Brumett, S., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2013, National Head Start Association, NHSA Dialog, 16(3), 160-164
Interrater Reliability of a Field-Based Preschool Movement Skills Assessment
To determine the interrater reliability of the Preschool Movement Assessment (PMA), a unique field-based movement assessment tool for use by early childhood professionals in preschool settings.
Lindsay, A., Dyrek, A., Blitstein, J., Byington, T. & Sigman-Grant, M. 2018, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 50(10):1040-1045. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2018.07.007
Jugar es el Aprendisaje de los Niños (Play is Children's Learning) Kim, Y. 2015, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-15-07
Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. (2008). Using a Pedometer, A Guide to Help Step it Up. UNCE Fact Sheet FS-08-32. Weighing in on Fat. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. (2008). Using a Pedometer, A Guide to Help Step it Up. UNCE Fact Sheet FS-08-32. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2008, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-08-49.
Los Niños Pequeños en la Edad Digital (Young Children in the Digital Age) Kim, Y. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-14-10
Los Niños Pequeños Que Aprenden Control De Si Mismo Tienen Más Posibilidades Para El Éxito (Young Children Who Learn Self Control Have More Chances for Success) Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-12-17
Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada Volunteer Handbook
Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada Volunteer Handbook
O'Callaghan, A., Leas, L., Hiller, R. and Morawska, M. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Math in the Preschool Classroom Classification, Matching, Seriation and Patterning
In this fact sheet we focus on the math skills of classification, matching, seriation and patterning.
Byington, T., Kim, Y., Nazarechuk, C., Weigel, D. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Math in the Preschool Classroom Number Identification, Counting and One-to-one Correspondence, and Addition and Subtraction
In this fact sheet, we focus on the following number sense skills: number identification, counting and one-to-one correspondence, and addition and subtraction.
Byington, T., Kim, Y., and Weigel, D. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-16-14
Math in the Preschool Classroom Spatial relations, Geometry and Measurement
In this fact sheet we focus on three fundamental math skills — spatial relations, geometry (shapes) and measurement.
Byington, T., Kim, Y., and Weigel, D. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-16-13
Nevada 4-H Camp Advisory Council
Nevada 4-H Camp Advisory Council members, agendas and meeting minutes.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada substance abuse treatment providers – Assessing the needs & characteristics of female clients in recovery. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2012, UNCE Special Publication SP-12-09
Nevada’s health and nutrition needs – Preferred methods of health information delivery. Seymour, K., Spears, K., Lindsay, A., Collins, C., Leontos, C., Sigman-Grant, M., Wilson, M. & Woodson, J. 2009, UNCE Special Publication SP-09-18
Parenting Needs for Parents of Young Children in Southern Nevada
In order to develop new parenting programs or maintain existing programs, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) conducted this comprehensive needs assessment study to identify parenting education needs in southern Nevada.
Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Special Publication, SP 12-10
Play is Children's Learning
Children these days spend a lot of time watching television, using smartphones or playing with other tech toys, but children need to spend more time dressing up, making dens, singing, dancing and playing outside. Children learn through play and play contributes to children's brain development and school readiness.
Kim, Y. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-14-09
Preschoolers can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods: The All 4 Kids Study
This study determined changes in preschoolers' ability to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods and stated food preferences after participation in a nutrition education program.
Sigman-Grant, M., Byington, T., Lindsay, A., Lu, M., Mobley, A., Fitzgerald, N. & Hildebrand, D. 2013, Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 03/2014, Volume 46, Issue 2
Sadness, Anxiety, and Experiences with Emotional Support among Veteran and Non-Veteran Patients and their Families at the End of Life
Although many veterans are progressing into older adulthood and a substantive subset of people who die each year in the United States served in the military, there is limited evidence on the role of military service at the end of life.
Holland, J., Currier, J., Kirkendall, A., Keene, J., Luna, N. 2014, Journal of Palliative Medicine. 17:6, 708-711
School-based prevention programs. In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (eds.). Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 803-806)
The scope includes behavioral addictions such as eating disorders, gambling and compulsive shopping. Preparation of the profession is heavily featured in numerous articles on standards, training, ethics and professional organizations.
Luna, N. (2009). In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (eds.) 2009, Thousand Oak, CA: Sage.
Science in the Preschool Classroom: Earth Science Kim, Y., Weigel, D., and Byington, T. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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Science in the Preschool Classroom: Physical Science Byington, T., Kim, Y., and Weigel, D. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Science in the Preschool Classroom: The Living World— Animals and Plants Weigel, D., Byington, K., and Kim, Y. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Substance abuse prevention specialist training (SAPST) manual
Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, this foundational training helps practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate effective, data-driven programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.
Luna, N., Hogan, J.A., Gabrielsen, K., Fisher, G., & Grothaus, D. 2000, University of Nevada, Reno
Substance abuse prevention: The intersection of science and practice
This cutting-edge book responds to the growing need for a textbook that addresses the rapid development of the substance abuse prevention profession.
Hogan, J. A., Gabrielsen, K., Luna, N., & Grothaus, D. 2003, Pearson
Systematic Review of Physical Activity Objectives in Extension Strategic Plans: Findings and Implications for Improved Public Health Impact
The purpose of the study presented here was to systematically identify the presence of physical activity objectives in the strategic plan for each Extension system in the United States.
Harden, S., Lindsay, A., Everette, A., and Gunter, K. 2016, Journal of Extension, 54(5) Research in Brief 5RIB2. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2016october/rb2.php
Teacher and family connections curriculum: A supplement to the All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit obesity prevention program. Sigman-Grant, M, Van Brackel, A., Byington, T. and Lindsay, A. 2013, UNCE Publication CM-13-01
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Toddler Language Development
During the toddler years (12 to 35 months), children’s language development grows rapidly. Toddlers gain the ability to say words clearly, combine words into phrases, and express their needs and wants.
Byington, T. and Kim, Y. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-05
Understanding graduation and dropout rate calculations
This publication describes the various ways of calculating high school graduation rates and drop out rates.
Luna, N. 2009, University of Nevada Special Publication. SP-09-03 (11 pages)
Understanding Latina/o school pushout: Experiences of students who left school before graduating
In this qualitative study, the authors describe narratives of school experiences of Latina/o early school leavers, examine their reasons for leaving school before graduating, and analyze their responses using the resistance model. The authors compare the participants' reasons for leaving school with data from school.
Luna, N. and Revilla, A.T. 2013, Journal of Latinos in Education, 12:1, 22-37
Weight-related concerns related to drug use for women in substance abuse treatment: Prevalence and relationships with eating pathology.
This study examined two intertwined issues: (1) the prevalence and nature of weight-related concerns related to drug use and (2) whether women who endorse weight-related concerns related to drug use differ from those without weight-related concerns on body dissatisfaction, eating pathology and thin internalization.
Warren, C., Lindsay, A., White, E., Claudat, K., & Velasquez, S. 2012, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 44(5), 494. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.222
What a Girl Wants! What a Girl Needs! Living Healthy without Methamphetamine. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-07-45
Young Children in the Digital Age
In the 21st century, babies to school-age children are digital consumers, often using TV, computers, gaming systems, even smartphones and tablets. This fact sheet explains possible concerns and benefit associated with children's media use and suggest what parents/caregivers can do.
Kim, Y. 2013, UNCE Fact Sheet, FS-13-22
Young Children Who Learn Self Control Have More Chances for Success
Preschoolers who are better at self control become more self-confident, more independent, better at handling stress and frustration, and better in academic performance during adolescence. Parents and child care providers play a vital role in helping young children develop self control skills.
Kim, Y. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-11-57

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