UCCE CalFresh Nutrition Education Program - Yolo
University of California
UCCE CalFresh Nutrition Education Program - Yolo

Preschool Nutrition Education

Our Preschool Health Education Program has wonderful resources for your site!

If your site qualifies as low income (serving a majority of families that fall below 185% of the Federal poverty level) then all of our services are free.

Our program coordinators will meet with you individually to determine the best way to integrate materials and activities into your existing program. All of our resources are age appropriate, support kindergarten readiness standards, address behavioral aspects of health, nutrition, physical activity, hygiene, and utilize a variety of educational approaches to engage young children.

We use a literacy-based model that integrates age appropriate, visually stimulating storybooks that are central to the theme. All materials directly align with Desired Results Developmental Profiles (DRDP) for program integration like our Hungry Caterpillar Nutrition Kit:



After reading the story to the children, you could then extend the concepts to include our additional activities that teach counting pieces of food, the necessity of eating a variety of foods, and team work in our physical activity. The next kit you receive would include a new book and new activities. We bring the kits to you to make it even easier. Our program concepts are grounded in teaching children Health and Academic skills.

Health and Physical Activity Skills Include:


-tasting new foods
-overcoming picky eating
-preparing simple health snacks
-measuring and weighing foods
-basic food shopping skills ("reading" a shopping list)
-basic concepts of food groups
-where food comes from
-practicing yoga and stretching
-practicing balancing 
-how to properly brush your teeth
-how to properly wash your hands
-learning basic physical activity skills (catching, tossing, hopping)

-practicing and mastering gross motor skills 

Academic Skills Include:



-early literacy
-number recognition
-letter recognition
-letter phenomes
-social skills
-fine motor skills

We can also provide training to you and/or your staff help with a school garden, special event, and advice on menu planning.



Our Storybook List
Click here to view  complete list of the storybooks that serve as the central component of our activity kits. Some are available in Spanish.  Available Resources

If you are interested in our program, please contact:

Laura Quinones-Neri at 530-666-8733 or lquinonesneri@ucanr.edu

Christie Hedrick at 530-666-8740 or clhedrick@ucanr.edu.

 Elmo gets excited for healthy eating at school!


Webmaster Email: kmchurchill@ucanr.edu