Family Literacy Program and Clemson Univ. Coop. Ext. Service Teach Parents About Healthy Cooking

Family Literacy Program and Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Partner to Teach Parents About Healthy Cooking

How do I choose and prepare food that is healthy?  How can I afford what I need and want for my family?  How can I reduce my family's health risks?  These questions are especially challenging for those with limited resources.  Clemson University's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) helps answer these questions.

During the spring semester, Mrs. Mary Ann Mobley from the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service presented a series of 9 healthy cooking classes to the Family Literacy group at the Saluda County School District Adult Education Center.  Mrs. Mobley represents the EFNEP, a federally funded program delivered through the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.  About 16 students participated in the program.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the program and would like to thank Mrs. Mobley and the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service for providing the instruction and the cooking demonstrations.

The purpose of the Family Literacy Program is to support parents/guardians of children ages 0-5 in their roles as principal teachers of their children.  The program is designed to serve children and their parents together as a family unit.  The adult education component of the program is currently English as a second language.  The parents also participate in parenting classes.  While the parents receive instruction in English and parenting skills, their pre-school age children attend the Child Development Center.  While there, they participate in various learning activities designed to improve school readiness, physical and social development.  The elementary school age children participate in an after school program at Saluda Primary.  The students work on homework, organization, and other activities to help them be successful in school.


The program operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30.  The partners in the Family Literacy Program include Saluda County Schools, Saluda County First Steps, and the Saluda County School District Adult Education Program.  For more information about Family Literacy or any other of the services we offer at adult education call 864-445-3346 or visit our office at 401 North Calhoun St. in Saluda.