Success Stories: What’s Working for Others

Not sure you’re ready or able to make changes now? You can. Child care providers just like you have improved nutrition and physical activities in their centers.

These success stories describe ways that all types of programs—from small family home centers to county-wide programs—are serving healthier food and beverages, increasing physical activity and supporting breastfeeding in their programs.

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SUCCESS IN

HEALTHY GOALS OVERALL

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SUCCESS IN

HEALTHY GOALS OVERALL

A Gr8t Beginning Academy, California: Healthy Lessons Learned

Adventure Planet, Kansas: Engaging With Families

Babies 2 Kids Learning Center, Iowa: Enhancing Healthy Practices

Bestow Early Learning Center, Alabama: Farm Days and “Yogurt” 

Camas Early Learning Center, Washington: Seeing a Healthy Transformation

Hand-in-Hand Learning Center, California: Still Moving with Let’s Move!

Hernandez Child Care, California: Green Eggs and Ham

Family Child Care, Indiana: Sisters Sharing Healthy Best Practices from ECELC

Kerri’s Kidsville Babyville, Missouri: Taking Steps to a Healthy Success

KinderCare Learning Center, Florida: Healthy Celebrations

Kountry Kid Care, Iowa: Reducing Screen Time

LadyBugHugs, Kansas: HOP’N Towards Health

Lakeview Child Center, New Jersey: Embracing Let’s Move! Child Care Best Practices

Miramar United Methodist Preschool, Florida: Creating a Healthy Environment

Taylor County Head Start, Florida: ECELC Inspires Healthy Changes

Tiny Tots of Apopka, Florida: Making Healthy Changes

Wee Rock Learning Center, Minnesota: Workplace Wellness

Idaho: Boise Adopts Health Standards for Child Care Facilities

Maryland: LMCC Quiz Incorporated into QRIS and CACFP

Maryland: Health Department Reaches Out to ECE Providers

Maryland: Washington County Puts Action Planning to Work

Massachusetts: Boston’s Healthy Child Care Initiative

North Carolina: Healthy Me, Healthy We

Oklahoma: Keeping Hearts Healthy

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SUCCESS IN

NURTURING HEALTHY EATERS

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SUCCESS IN

NURTURING HEALTHY EATERS

Angeles Mesa YWCA, California: Healthy Celebrations

Arlington Christian Academy, Florida: Expanding Outdoor Learning 

C.A.R.E. for Me Center, New Jersey: Family Style Dining

CentroNia, Washington DC: Inspiring Children to Make Healthy Choices

Children’s Learning Paradise, Virginia: Working Together to Make a Change

Country Club Christian Church, Missouri: Cooking Camp Inspired by ECELC

Deep Creek Country Day School, Virginia: A Healthier Lifestyle is on the Menu

Drew Rainbow Child Development Center, California: A Little Bit of Help Goes a Long Way

Early Childhood Alliance-Beacon, Indiana: Growing Healthier

Faith Children’s Center – Girls Club of Los Angeles: Helping Parents Make Healthy Changes

First Lutheran Childcare Center, Wisconsin: Awarded Garden Grant

Gutierrez Child Care, California: Healthy Changes

Hand-in-Hand Learning Center, California: Staff Teams Up to Help Kids Grow Up Healthy

Impact Learning Center, Florida: Making a Huge Impact

Jackson Child Care, Springfield, Virginia: Serving Meals Family Style

Jewish Community Center ECE, Maryland: Making Family Style Dining Work 

JBLE Child Development Program, Virginia: Family Style Dining Tips

Joy’s Kids ClubHouse, California: A Recipe for Success

Kerri’s Kidsville, Missouri: Taking Steps for Healthy Success

Kettle Moraine YMCA Early Learning Center, Wisconsin: Teaching While Gardening

Kiddie Garden, Swanton, Vermont: Children Access Water as they Please

Latin American Community Center, Delaware: Transforming Nutrition

Little Learners, Virginia: Eating Healthy

Meadowlands Area YMCA, New Jersey: Nurturing Healthy Eaters

Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc., Ohio: Using Dietitians to Engage Families

Middleton Primary Center, California: Snacks and Crafts Lead to Healthy Change

Monkey Business ECE, Wisconsin: Embracing Farm to Preschool

Mount Hood Community College Head Start, Oregon: Eating Healthy Foods (Video)

My First School, California: Family Style Dining Reduces Waste

Neighborhood House Association Head Start, California: Overhauling Their Menu 

New Dimensions Learning Center, Florida: Gardening for a Healthier Tomorrow

Oakridge Child Care Center, Florida: Goodbye to Junk Food

Our House Family Child Care, Michigan: Teaching Kids How to Make Healthy Choices

Park Ave Christian Nursery, California: Changes Influence First Field Trip in 25 Years

Penfield Children’s Center, Wisconsin: Committed to Nutrition and Families

Pomona Early Head Start, California: Plant and Grow

Redland Migrant Title 1 Preschool, Florida: Quenching a Thirst

Satori School, Arizona: Change of Policy Means Change of Heart

Southside Children’s Center, Colorado: Training Staff and Educating Families

St. Anthony’s Preschool, California: Drinking Water Success

Sugarland Learning Academy, Virginia: Eating Healthy

Taos Pueblo Head Start, New Mexico: Gardening and Dining Family Style

Tender Years, Alabama: New Healthy Menu

United Christian Education Center, California: Planting Seeds

West Haven Child Development Center, Connecticut: Watching Our Garden Grow

California: San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce Update

Colorado: Wildwood Child and Adult Care Food Program

Florida: Seeding Orange County Head Start Gardens

Hawaii: Farm to Keiki

Kansas: Educators Embrace Farm to Preschool

Minnesota: Farm to Childcare in St. Paul

Minnesota: Team Nutrition/LMCC Initiative 

Minnesota: Twist and Sprout

Missouri: Programs Receive “Eat Smart” Recognition

New York: Bringing Farm to Preschool to Long Island

Ohio: Water First for Thirst

Oregon: Culinary Workshop Trains School Chefs

Texas: Brighter Bites Program Provides Produce for Families

Texas: Farm to Child Care Takes Root

Virginia: Embracing Different Cultures in Fairfax County

Wisconsin: Farm to Preschool is Growing

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SUCCESS IN

INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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SUCCESS IN

INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Bright Start Child Development Center, Kentucky: Get Moving

Brighter Day Child Development Center, Missouri: Screen Time Removed

Cheney Elementary VPK, Florida: Linking Learning to Physical Activity 

Chico State Child Care, California: Increasing Opportunities in Preschool Physical Activity 

Dreams Family Child Care, Shoreline, Washington: Increasing Infant Physical Activity

Early Head Start Palm Plaza, Florida: Let’s Move! Family Fun Day

Glendora Children’s Center, California: Let it Go With Yoga

The Goddard School, Pennsylvania: Teachers Increase Healthy Steps

Good 4 Kidz Child Care Center, Virginia: A Creative Way for Outdoor Play

Gutierrez Family Child Care, California: Active Play

Jack in the Box Schools, New Jersey: Limiting Screen Time

Kamie’s Kid Kare, Alaska: Increasing Winter Outdoor Activities

Little Cruiser Child Care Center, Florida: Cruising Around

Rockcastle Hospital CDC, Kentucky: Racing and Gaining Energy

St. Anthony’s Preschool, California: Workout Wednesdays

Temple Beit HaYam Early Childhood Center, Florida: Let’s Do Yoga

Tender Times Child Care, Wisconsin: Getting Kids Moving with Few Resources

Florida: Hula Hooping to PREVENT Obesity

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SUCCESS IN

Supporting Breastfeeding

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SUCCESS IN

Supporting Breastfeeding

Anita’s Family Day Care, Virginia: Creative Breastfeeding Space

Beachwood Nursery School, New Jersey: Improving Breastfeeding Practices

Childtown Child Care, Kentucky: Breastfeeding-Friendly

Early College Child Care Center, Oregon: A Private Space for Breastfeeding Mothers

The Learning Place, New Jersey: Providing a Private Breastfeeding Space

McLean Playtime Daycare, Virginia: Comfortable Private Breastfeeding Space

Tempe Christian Preschool, Arizona: Creating a Supportive Breastfeeding Area

Trinity CDC, Florida: Becoming a Certified Breastfeeding-Friendly Center

Arizona: Breastfeeding-Friendly Initiatives

North Carolina: 10 Steps to Support Breastfeeding

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STATE & LOCAL EFFORTS

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SUCCESS IN

STATE & LOCAL EFFORTS

Arizona: Breastfeeding-Friendly Initiatives

California: Children’s Council Hosts Healthy Apple Awards

California: San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce Update

Colorado: State Passes New ECE Rules

Colorado: Wildwood Child and Adult Care Food Program

Florida: Hula Hooping to PREVENT Obesity

Florida: Seeding Orange County Head Start Gardens

Georgia: Bright from the Start Supports Wellness Policies

Georgia: Farm to Preschool

Hawaii: Farm to Keiki

Idaho: Boise Adopts Health Standards for Child Care Facilities

Idaho: Improving Child Care Training

Kansas: Educators Embrace Farm to Preschool

Maryland: LMCC Quiz Incorporated into QRIS and CACFP

Maryland: Health Department Reaches Out to ECE Providers

Maryland: Washington County Puts Action Planning to Work

Massachusetts: Boston’s Healthy Child Care Initiative

Minnesota: Farm to Childcare in St. Paul

Minnesota: Team Nutrition/LMCC Initiative 

Minnesota: Twist and Sprout

Missouri: Programs Receive “Eat Smart” Recognition

New York: Bringing Farm to Preschool to Long Island

New York: New York City Improves ECE Rules

North Carolina: 10 Steps to Support Breastfeeding

North Carolina: Healthy Me, Healthy We

Ohio: Early Childhood Wellness Taskforce

Ohio: Water First for Thirst

Oklahoma: Keeping Hearts Healthy

Oregon: Culinary Workshop Trains School Chefs

Texas: Brighter Bites Program Provides Produce for Families

Texas: Farm to Child Care Takes Root

Virginia: Embracing Different Cultures in Fairfax County

Washington: Healthier ECE Environments in Seattle

Washington: University Develops LMCC Trainings

Washington D.C.: District Passes Healthy Tots Act

Wisconsin: Farm to Preschool is Growing