YaeBin Kim

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YaeBin Kim

Parenting Education, Child Development Specialist

Summary

As Extension Specialist and Associate Professor for Children, Youth and Families in the program area of parenting education including family literacy and school readiness, my role is to conduct needs assessment; develop and implement research-based parenting education programs; assess and report impact; publish UNCE publications and journal articles related to parenting education, school readiness, family literacy and child development. Currently, I am overseeing several parenting education programs and parenting workshops (direct education: Little Books and Little Cooks, Fun to Play for Preschoolers, Let's Discover STEM, Exploring Safety, Positive Connections for Parents & Teenagers, Language and Literacy Workshop series, Screen Time Smarts workshop and Safe Parents, Safe Kids) and online parenting resources (online education: Just In TIme Parenting Newsletters, Kinship Families booklet and many parenting fact sheets). 

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010 (Human Development and Family Studies)

Programs

Diverse Children in Circle Around Safety Lock

Exploring Safety: A program for families with young children

This four-week program is designed to improve awareness of important child safety issues and to increase parenting knowledge

Two women read a book with a little girl at a Family Storyteller workshop

Family Storyteller Literacy Program

National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. The statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities.

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Fun to Play

The program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties.

Parents and children doing a name craft at a Fun to Play class

Fun to Play for Preschoolers

This 8-week program encourages positive-parent child interaction and learning through creative play. It also promotes children’s school readiness skills. Each week emphasizes a Nevada Pre-K standard.

A mother holds her sleeping newborn baby

Just in Time Parenting

Just in Time Parenting is an electronically delivered age-paced parenting newsletter originally developed by a national network of Extension Family Life Specialists in 2008. The program was designed to reach parents at teachable, transitional moments.

A mother and daughter work together on creating artwork with colored paper shapes at a Let's Discover STEM workshop.

Let's Discover STEM

Let’s Discover STEM (Descubramos STEM) is a 7-week program that focuses on STEM enhancement and parent engagement for families with preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Photo collage of parents and children cooking together.

Little Books & Little Cooks

Healthy eating, family literacy and positive parent-child interaction is promoted in this 7-week program for families with preschool aged children. It also promotes children's school readiness skills. An important component of the program is the involvement of both parents and children, especially during the hands-on cooking activities.

produce department

Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.

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Partners in Parenting

The first five years of life have a significant effect on children’s development and learning and parents play the most important role during this time. Partners in Parenting offers many educational programs, workshops and resources primarily for parents with young children (0-5 years of age) to support healthy child development, school readiness skills, and positive parent-child interaction.

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Positive Connections for Parents & Teenagers

Understanding teenage behavior and increasing parenting knowledge and skills is explored in this 4-week program for parents with adolescents.

Grandson hugs grandma reading a book.

Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help

As part of the family support program Kinship Families, Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help is a resource guide for kinship caregivers caring for children in out-of-home placement. We offer an informational website using the 100+ page resource guide, which is also available in print and on CD, including a Spanish version.

Courses

YaeBin's teaching efforts focused on developing, piloting, implementing, and evaluating the Let's Discover STEM; developing and piloting the Positive Connections for Parents and Teens (parenting education program for parents of teenagers); teaching, implementing, expanding, overseeing and evaluating the Little Books and Little Cooks program; developing and implementing the Smart Parents Safe Kids workshop; implementing and evaluating the Exploring Safety; and updating, overseeing, teaching and evaluating Partners in Parenting programs when necessary. I supervised, trained and provided program support for six staff. My goal is to provide comprehensive parenting education programs that parents or caregivers can easily access. To reach this goal, we provide several parenting education classes and parenting resources to Clark County parents or caregivers. In 2018, our team reached 7,973 unduplicated parents and children in Clark County.

Honors and Awards

  • Second place Western Region Program Excellence Through Research Award at the 2019 National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Science Annual Session for Multi-state SWOT Analysis of Literacy Training Program
  • First place National and the first place Western Region Early Childhood Child Care Training Award at the 2017 National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Science Annual Session for Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom Training Program
  • Second place National Human Development/Family Relationship Award at the 2017 National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Science Annual Session for Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom Training Program
  • First place National and Western Region Human Development/Family Relationship Program award at the 2014 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session of Little Books and Little Cooks Curriculum

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
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
name calling
Avoid labeling your child
Parents (also caregivers and adults) easily label children without consciously realizing it. Labeling children typically entails using an adjective to describe a child's character, behavior or appearance (e.g., shy, bossy, picky eater, always crying, etc.). What adult says carries a lot of weight with children.
YaeBin Kim and Heidi Petermeier 2019, Extension Fact Sheet-19-13
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Science in the Preschool Classroom: Physical Science Byington, T., Kim, Y., and Weigel, D. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
kids reading e-book
E-Books for Young Children Kim, Y. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Science in the Preschool Classroom: Earth Science Kim, Y., Weigel, D., and Byington, T. 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
Science in the Preschool Classroom: The Living World - Animals and Plants Weigel, D., Byington, T., Kim, Y. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-17-09
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
Children in the Digital Age
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, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-22
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)
Los padres y cuidadores de los niños juegan ún rol muy vital ayudando a los niños pequeños a desarrollar sus habilidades de control de si mismo.
Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-12-17
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