Get Moving with Bright Start Child Center
Christie Wolfe, the owner of Bright Start in Kentucky, had trouble finding an impactful nutrition and physical activity training program in her community. Therefore, she was very excited to hear about and participate in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program in 2016. Christie wanted to learn ways to incorporate more movement throughout the day for the children and staff at her center.
As each learning session progressed, Christie was able to implement ideas presented in the trainings as well as activities suggested by other providers in the ECELC programs. After the first learning session, the center began gathering materials and resources provided by the ECELC program. Once these materials were collected, they were placed in an activity cart that could easily be moved from classroom to classroom. This enabled teachers to grab activities from the cart and utilize several movement strategies. Christie and her assistant director immediately saw their teachers use the cart as it was readily available and easily accessible.
As a way to engage families in making conscious decisions about their child’s nutrition and physical activity, Bright Start also created a family communication center. These resources at the family center were helpful tools provided during the ECELC trainings. In addition, the staff at Bright Start held their first “Muffins and Movement with Moms” the week of Mother’s Day. It was an hour-long opportunity led by the program staff that allowed mothers to enjoy a muffin and participate in movement activities with their child.
Christie said she will continue to build upon the areas of health and physical awareness for children, families, and program staff at Bright Start.