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4-H Afterschool Program

The 4-H Afterschool Club teaches children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.

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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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4-H Youth Development | Camp Program

Nevada has been involved in 4-H camping since the first 4-H camp took place on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 1930. For about 79 years in Nevada, 4-H camping has been a proven and effective method of reaching, teaching and involving youth in leadership skills development. Each year, more than 500 youth participate in 4-H camping programs at Lake Tahoe Nevada 4-H Camp. Other 4-H camping programs take place across the state.

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Chef Suzy's Cooking Demonstrations & Recipes

Extension Nutrition Specialist Susan McClain, "Chef Suzy," presents cooking demonstrations in elementary schools. Each 30- to 45-minute demonstration goes over three recipes that are easy, simple, healthy, affordable and accessible.

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Churchill County Community Readiness Network

Nevada communities need rapid access to information during an emergency. In an effort to enhance community preparedness, safety and available resources and by using GPS and GIS mapping. Extension’s 4-H youth and adult leaders in Churchill County are working with community emergency managers to address evacuation and shelter mapping.

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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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Healthy Kids - Nutrition Toolbox

This toolbox covers tips to increase childrens' overall levels of health and gives information pertaining to changing health habits.

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Healthy Kids - Physical Activity Toolbox

The toolkit will assist parents, child care providers and teachers with integrating physical activity throughout each day and providing programming that helps children meet age-level physical activity recommendations.

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Healthy Kids Resource Center

A one-stop shop for evidence-based research, resources, curricula, activities and materials that focus on obesity prevention for teachers and parents of young children. It is designed to educate parents and teachers as well as provide the tools needed to teach young children how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools

This is a comprehensive nutrition program based on the socio-ecological model incorporating nutrition education, promotion and policy, systems and environmental changes that support the implementation of school wellness policy.

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Kids Cook

A series of cooking classes where children can learn basic cooking skills, typically provided when school is out during the summer.

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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.

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Nevada Youth Range Camp Program

Most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches students ages 14-18 how to read maps; identify and the importance of rangeland plants; evaluate sagebrush, woodland and stream ecosystems; wildlife habitat; and many other topics related to rangelands.

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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.

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Produce Pick of the Month

This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Produce Pick of the Month is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in many counties across Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a good environment in every school.

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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.

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The Greenhouse Project

The Greenhouse Project serves as a teaching facility for hands on programs at the Carson City High School. Students help to cultivate and distribute vegetables and herbs for culinary classes and community food ban.

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Veggies for Kids

Veggies for Kids teaches children about healthy eating habits and improves accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

The curriculum teaches youth to raise quality swine, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry.

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Youth Horticulture Education Program

Youth Horticulture Education Program is the premier program of horticulture projects that involve youth, families and educators.

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This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 6: Advocating for your Children’s Educational Rights.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-47
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Alphabet Stretch
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Balancing Act
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Balloon Fun
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
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Beagle Brunch
A healthy recipe for preschool aged children to bring for lunch.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Choosing Healthy Snacks for your Preschooler: Go, Slow, Whoa Snacks
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Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Count my Moves
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3046
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Crossing my Feet
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
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Daily Food Checklist
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Dancing Partner
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3044
Domestic Violence’s Effect on Children
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Baker-Tingey, J., Powell, C., and Powell, P. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet 17-06
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E-Books for Young Children Kim, Y. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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Eat Smart to Play Hard
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Eating Healthy at Restaurants - Choosing Healthy Items No Matter Where You Are
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Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Emergency Preparedness and The Tabletop Exercise: How Youth Can Play a Part in the Process
This fact sheet contains information on emergency preparedness and the tabletop exercise. Learn more about how youth can play key roles in disaster training the tabletop exercise.
Powell, P., Black, L., Benesh, C., and Smith, M. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-36
Energy Balance
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Lindsay, A. 2017, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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Engagement Strategies That Promote Physical Activity
Using positive engagement strategies in fun, playful social settings are key to promoting physical activity.
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Family and Youth Services Detention Survey: A report of 2001 findings
This fact sheet contains extensive information on the Family and Youth Services Detention Survey by learning about the demographics of Spring Moutain and CCDFYS detention. Learn through detailed tables that list the demographic and categories with percentages and n value.
Letner, J., Brown, R., Killian, E., and Evans, B. 2001, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-02-01
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Family Storytelling and the Benefits for Children
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YaeBin Kim & Heidi Petermeier 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.
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Flexibility | Reach for the Stars!
Flexibility is an important part of a child’s fitness and includes movements like bending, twisting and stretching.
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Follow the Leader
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3043
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Food Relay
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
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Fundamental Movement Skills | Active Kids Are Active Adolescents
For many children sports and physical activity aren’t natural, aren’t easy and it may not be fun!
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Get Moving!
It can be a challenge to schedule an exercise plan into your busy life. Try stepping up your current routine without adding more commitments to your schedule and get moving!
Lindsay, A. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Get Ready, Get Set, Let's Go!
A variety of tips on how to get more active in your life, whether you want to start slow or jump right into exercises.
Lindsay, A. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Get Regular
Starting a fitness program is only half the battle. Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is the ultimate challenge. As you progress through the steps to building an active lifestyle, you reach the final step, Get Regular!
Lindsay, A. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Get Up, Get Out!
Get Up, Get Out isn’t about exercise or hard workouts at the gym, it is leisure and fun that will help lay the foundation for becoming more active.
Lindsay, A. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Go, Slow, and Whoa: Healthy vs. Unhealthy
We can help our children recognize which foods are better choices with GO, SLOW and WHOA.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, IP
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Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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Grow Tomatoes in the Mojave Desert
This week YHEP Instructor, Nicole Hansen shows you how you can grow tomatoes successfully here in the Mojave Desert.
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Healthy Kids Resource Center - Policies, Procedures & Partners
Find links to Federal and State policies and regulations
Lindsay, A. and Taylor, S. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Healthy Tips for Families: Lifelong Healthy Habits Start at Home.
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Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Exploring Food: How to Explore New Food with Preschoolers
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Heart Smart
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3041
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Higher or Lower
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3040
How Can I Help My Child Succeed in School?
This fact sheet contains information on ways for parents to help their children succeed in school. Learn more about what parents can do and ways to work with teachers and schools for their children.
Luna, N. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-21
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Inclusion in Early Childhood Progams
This factsheet explains inclusion in early childhood and programs that can have benefits.
Byington, T. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-67
Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake with Reservation and Off-reservation Kindergarten Students in Nevada. Emm, S., Harris, J., Halterman, J., Chvilicek, S., & Bishop, C. 2019, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(B), 1-10.
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Indoor Obstacle Course
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3039
Interactive and Dialogic Reading
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Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-41
Issues that Affect Youth Quality of Life in Lyon County: Results of a Community Situational Analysis
This factsheet contains important information on youth quality of life in Lyon County by conducting analysis and showing the results in serval tables of data.
Singletary, L. 2005, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-05-05
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Kids Cook - Lesson 01 - Fun Flavored Waters
This lesson describes how to create healthy fun flavored waters and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 02 - Colorful Summer Popsicles
This lesson describes how to create colorful summer popsicles and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 03 - A Corny Summer
This lesson describes how to create fun summer recipes involving corn and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Kids Cook - Lesson 1 Evaluation
This evaluation tests your knowledge of the kids cook lesson 1 curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 2 Evaluation
This evaluation goes along with Lesson 2 Kids Cook to test your knowledge of what you learned from the curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 3 Evaluation
This evaluation goes along with Lesson 3 Kids Cook to test your knowledge of what you learned from the curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Kids Win When Family Meals Are A Priority
Make Mealtime Quality Time
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Kitchen Activities
Kitchen Activities
As preschoolers grow, they are able to help out with different tasks in the kitchen. While the following suggestions are typical, children may develop these skills at different ages.
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Know Nevada Insects Youth Exercise: Sphinx Moths
This publication reviews the life cycle, biology and pest management of some kinds of sphinx moths, including the tomato hornworm, appropriate for youth ages 8-15. It It also has educational activities including a fill-in-the-blank and a maze.
Burls, K., Moffitt, M., and Newton, J. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS 19-15
Knowing the School System: Standards and Testing
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 3: Knowing the School System: Standards and Testing.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-44
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Learning to Like New Foods - Cucumbers are Cool
Does it seem like your preschooler only wants to eat the same foods every day?
Lindsay, A 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Little Free Libraries: Strategic Future Locations in the Reno Sparks Area
Little Free Libraries (LFLs) provide opportunities for increased access to books and reading material for children. LFLs are small custom-built freestanding boxes that house 20 to 100 books. Over 32,000 officially registered LFLs exist; they are in all 50 U.S.
Burge, P. and Rebori, M. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-16-08
Making Education a Family Goal
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 1: Making Education a Family Goal.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-42
Marketing Farmers’ Markets: Ideas for Market Vendors & Managers in Nevada
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Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Gatzke, H. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-10
Mineral County Needs Assessment: Youth Development
This fact sheet reports on Mineral County's needs assessment for youth development by exploring youth issues, existing programs, and assessments. Learn about the percentages of households responding to serval youth issues and the average for each.
Emm, S. 2004, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-04-62
Mineral County Youth Issues
Mineral County communities are geographically isolated from large population centers and are economically depressed. The countywide population has decreased over the past several years. The economic base for employment has historically been mining and the Hawthorne Army Depot.
Emm, S., and Hagen, S., Berginnis, C. 2017, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet 17-18
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Move Your Way
Get more active, find activities that will help you reach the minimum requirements to get the benefits of a healthy life.
Lindsay, A. 2011, Department of Health and Human Services
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Muscle and Bone Strength | Muscles in Motion
Did you know that people who are more physically active generally use more energy even at rest than those who are not as physically active?
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Music & Dance | Healthy Kids Physical Toolkit
Music and dance is fun, it doesn’t exclude children who are less skilled, it can be done at school or home, with friends or family and it promotes brain development and social interaction.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Musical Shapes
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, CM-2020-3038
Native Plant Gardens for Native Pollinators: Workshop and Plant Giveaway
This workshop will cover the fascinating ecology of our native pollinators and how to use native plants to provide critical habitat for them and pest control services for you. In addition, there will be a plant giveaway at the end of the workshop!
Burls, K.J. and H. Kratsch 2020, University of Nevada, Reno, Event Calendar
Nevada 4-H Annual Survey Summary Report 2018
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J. Baker-Tingey, B. Luckey, W. Evans, C. Stark, S. Chvilicek, L. Chichester, A. Hernandez 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS-20-31
Nevada Youth Range Camp (History)
Nevada Youth Range Camp focuses on relationships between people and rangeland. Campers learn that land managers need information about plants, wildlife, water and soil to make good decisions about rangeland management and use. The camp challenges youth to explore resource problems and create logical solutions.
Foster, S., McCuin, G., and Schultz, B. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP-09-05
New Year, New Reads!
Do you like to meet new characters, imagine worlds unknown and learn about notable people and events in history? Join us in this challenge of expanding your knowledge and reading skills!
McGee, S. 2021, University of Nevada, Reno Extension
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Nutrition Activities to do with Your Children
Nutrition activities that can help teach children healthy choices regarding food, while having fun.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Nutrition Facts Label: Understanding the Label
The Nutrition Facts label is designed to provide consumers with relevant information and nutrient content of food products being consumed. Learn how to read a nutrition facts label.
Buffington, A., Lindsay, A. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Obstacle Course
Obstacle Course
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Okra
YHEP Instructor Nicole Hansen shows you how to feel like a professional gardener by growing Okra!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Oral Language Development
The development of infants’ oral language begins as caregivers socially interact with them. Oral language includes speaking and listening. Young children learn about their world as they communicate with others.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-42
Pack it Up Lyrics
Lyrics to Pack it Up song.
French, D., Eliaers, C., and Lindsay, A. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Perceptual Motor Development | Connecting the Brain & the Body
Perceptual motor development connects a child’s perceptual or sensory skills (his brain) to his motor skills (his body) so they can perform a variety of movements and confidently interact with their environment.
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Phonological Awareness
Phonological Awareness refers to the sound structure of spoken language. It is a broad skill that includes being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words. Phonological awareness includes identifying and manipulating sounds.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-14-07
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Physical Activities To Do With Your Children
Children have different needs at each age and stage of their development. Each child is also unique. If it's been a while since you've had children in the house, check out this list for activities that can help children learn, have fun, experience success, and feel good about themselves.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Physical Activity Promotes Brain Development
Children who are more physically active perform better academically and have better memory and attention.
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Physical Activity, How Much Is Enough? | Active Kids Are Healthy Kids
Just for Preschoolers and Their Families
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Portion Sizes / Tamaño de Porciones
Children need smaller quantities of food than adults do for their small bodies. USDA’s MyPlate “rule of thumb” says the serving size for a child should be ½ of an adult’s serving. Many Nutrition Facts labels do not express this. It is up to the adults in their lives to ensure the proper portion sizes.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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PPE for Summer Gardening and Crops for the Desert Summers - Peppers
The Mojave Desert is a unique growing environment. With summer temperatures that can go over 110 degrees Fahrenheit it is imperative that you use the "Right Plant, Right Place" theory. Community-Based Instructor, Nicole Hansen, teaches you how to grow peppers in the desert.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Somen Noodles with Cucumber Water
Preparing Somen Noodles with Cucumber Water
YHEP Manager Tricia Braxton Perry is joined by guest, Christine Kennedy who shares her mother's recipe for Japanese Somen Noodles with cucumber water and other delicious ingredients.
Braxton Perry, T. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YHEP Videos
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Produce Pick of the Month: Cantaloupe Recipe
Chef Suzy partners with Produce Pick of the Month to bring you this yummy cantaloupe smoothie recipe that you can try at home.
McClain, S. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Produce Pick of the Month: Garbanzo Bean Recipe
Chef Suzy partners with Produce Pick of the Month to share with you this delicious and fast garbanzo recipe. Follow along to learn how to make something new and to know interesting facts about garbanzo beans.
McClain, S. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
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Produce Pick of the Month: Jicama Recipe
Chef Suzy partners with Produce Pick of the Month to bring you this jicama recipe that you can try at home.
McClain, S. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Propagation by Seed
Learn how to properly plant a seed!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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Propagation of Stems and Leaves
Nicole Hansen, of the Youth Horticulture Education Program, teaches how to propagate plants by stem and leaf cuttings.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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Rainbow Ribbons
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids jumping with scarves in their hands.
Rainbow Scarves
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Recipes - Healthy Kids Resource Center
Packing a healthy lunchbox and other healthy ideas.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
School Communication
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 2: School Communication.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-43
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, T., Kim, Y. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-17-09
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Screen Time | Make Time to Unplug
Increased time in front of a screen means less time being physically active, contributing to higher weight and BMI, increased caloric intake & unhealthy food choices.
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Sedentary Behavior | Don't Just Sit, and Sit, and Sit!
Being sedentary can result in more sitting and less time spent being physically active which can lead to obesity and greater risk for having diabetes and other chronic health problems as an adult.
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Shopping with Kids
Your Game Plan to Grocery Shopping With Kids
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
2 kids doing jumping jacks.
Simon Says
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Snack & Meal Time Routines
A regular routine of meals and snacks helps discourage eating all day, and preschoolers like it because they know what to expect.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Nicole Hansen
Something Special is Coming From YHEP!
YHEP and Texas A&M University have something very special coming up. Stay Tuned!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
A boy doing a crab walk as he plays limbo.
Stretchy Limbo
A fun game to help encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Supposed to Polka Lyrics
Lyrics to Supposed to Polka.
Lindsay, A., Mullis, A., and Prestridge, J. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Talking Positively At Mealtimes - Your Words Matter
As your child's caregiver, you play the biggest role in their eating behavior.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Teaching Children To Make Healthy Choices - Empowering Children Through Language
If young children are taught early and practice healthy choices, they will make better food choices as they grow up.
Lindsay, A 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Harvesting lettuce
Team YHEP Presents: Hydroponics Harvest and Donations
Team YHEP shows you how we harvest and package our hydroponic produce for donation to our food pantry partners throughout Las Vegas!
O'Callaghan, A., Braxton-Perry, T., Hansen, N., and Ford-Terry, I., 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
The 4-H Advantage – How Nevada 4-H Youth Differ from Those with No 4-H Experience
This fact sheet contains a study on the 4-H experience and the advantages that come with it. This study also gives examples of 4-H youth and 4-H experience to help understand the difference between the two.
Lewis, S. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-69
The Boogie Oogie Slide
Lyrics to the Boogie Oogie Slide.
Lindsay, A., and Sluyter, C. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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The Elements of Fitness | Fit Kids Are Healthy Kids
Children should engage in indoor and outdoor active play in their pre-school and at home.
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Training youth to prepare communities for disasters
This fact sheet will report on a final evaluation of a two-state educational program to train older youth to educate communities about disasters and to train fellow youth in appropriate response efforts once a disaster occurs.
Powell, P. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-09
A kid grabbing a red ball for the treasure hunt game.
Treasure Hunt
A fun game to encourage physical activity among children.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Using a Pedometer
Using a Pedometer
Physical activity is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health. However, finding time to incorporate an exercise regime into a daily schedule can often be a challenge. To gain some health benefits, simply increase your number of daily steps and make them more intentional and brisk!
Lindsay, A. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Ven Conmigo Song
Lyrics to Ven Conmigo song.
Sluyter, C. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
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Walker River Indian Reservation: Youth Development
This fact sheet contains information on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation and the possible youth risk factors. Learn about major problems that affect the youth in the reservation and the protective factors in place.
Emm, S. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-63
Welcoming Latino youth to California 4-H! Fabregas Janeiro, M.G., Horrillo, S. 2017, Annual Conference Cambio de Colores Proceedings. Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunities, 15, 61-68.
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What Is Physical Literacy? | Early Start, Active for Life
A young child who is physically literate is one who has the motivation confidence, knowledge, skills, and fitness necessary to enjoy a physically active lifestyle
Lindsay, A. & Byington, T. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
What's Up with School?
This fact sheet contains information on why school is important and things that could be done for a brighter future.
Luna, N. and Martinez, M. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-12
A child dancing along with the instructor.
Yebo Let's Go Song
Lyrics to Yebo Let's Go song.
Mullis, A., Lindsay, A., Prestridge, J. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
YHEP Summer Recipes, Ep.02: Garden Fresh Eggplant Empanadas
Delicious summer empanada dish using hearty eggplant created by Tricia Braxton Perry.
Braxton Perry, T. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
mullein in forest
YHEP: Common Weeds, Ep 04: The Many Uses of Mullein
Follow YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry up into the mountains as he hikes the cool woodlands in search of an ancient cough remedy!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
ian with joshua tree
YHEP: Conservation, Ep 01: Joshua Trees
Join YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he explores the relationship between Joshua Trees and their exclusive pollinators and how you can take part in the conservation of a Mojave Desert icon!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
ian with joshua tree
YHEP: Conservation, Ep 02: Joshua Trees
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he guides you through the process of growing a Joshua Tree from seed as part of a conservation effort to help save the Joshua Trees (and their very specific pollinators)!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Ian with milkweed
YHEP: Conservation, Ep 03: Monarch Container Gardens
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he shows you how you can help protect the Monarch Butterfly by planting native milkweeds at home!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Assortment of DIY hydroponics projects
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 01: DIY 2-Liter Bottle Wicking System
Join YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he introduces you to the wonderful world of hydroponics, and walks you through the steps to make a DIY 2-liter bottle, self-wicking hydroponic system!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
fish and plants in tank
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 02: DIY Aquaponic Ecosystem
Dive into this fun "aquaponics" project with YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry! He will teach you the basics of balancing an underwater ecosystem and how you can grow plants using fish waste!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 03: Growing Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket
YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry shows you how you can grow tomatoes year-round in a DIY 5-gallon bucket hydroponic system!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
pH test liquid being poured in a jar
YHEP: Hydroponics at Home, Ep 04: Make Your Own pH Test Kit
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he walks you through the process of making your own homemade pH testing solution and pH testing strips out of Red Cabbage broth!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Ian with microgreens tray
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 05: DIY Microgreens Grow Tray
Microgreens are nutritious and easy to grow! Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he shows you how to make a low-maintenance microgreens grow tray!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel