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From Fast Food to Prepped Food

As a former dual military couple, April Jarrett and her husband understand why the fast food industry is growing in popularity. “It can be time-consuming trying to prepare a meal as soon as you get home from work,” stated April, owner of Little Friends Family Child Care Home in Virginia. By participating in the National […]

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Moving While Learning at Bonnie’s Family Child Care

“I hope to inspire a love of learning,” says Bonnie Pridgen, a family child care provider in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Through participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC), Bonnie was introduced to new ideas on how to get kids moving while learning. Although Bonnie has been a child care provider for […]

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Healthy Sweets and Treats at Our Lady of Lourdes Day Care

Parents are often times receptive to menu changes that encourage healthy eating habits; however, when it comes to birthday and holiday celebrations, they can be a little reluctant. As a parent, it’s difficult to allow your child to eat processed and refined foods. However, during celebratory moments, parents do not mind bringing cakes and sweets […]

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Gardening with Kinder Land Child Care Center

Liliana Mejia, director of Kinder Land 4 Kids Childcare Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida, achieved her action plan goal of creating a garden in order to introduce vegetables and fruits to her students during snack time. To achieve their goal, Liliana asked for donations of different seeds and plants from parents. The children tended to […]

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Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report. Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study. “The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions of social issues and day-to-day concerns,” explained […]

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To Fight Child Obesity, Engage the Whole Family

When trying to help a child lose weight, involving a parent in treatment makes the entire family healthier, a new study shows. Researchers tested a family-based treatment that included weekly meetings over a period of several months. Parents learned how to engineer a home environment that supported healthy eating and activity. They also learned to […]

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Keeping Parents and Kids Connected in the Early Years

In more than 60 percent of all two-parent households, both parents work, and in nearly all of these households, at least one parent is employed. This means that the vast majority of parents in our country experience regular and prolonged periods of time away from their children. Since parental involvement is one of the most […]

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Young Child Expo and Conference: Jan 17-19, 2018

The Young Child Expo and Conference is a unique forum that brings together all early childhood professionals such as teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics, students, and physical, occupational and speech therapists to learn about the latest information, products, services, and resources for early childhood development. The focus of the […]

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Sugary Drinks in Pregnancy Linked to Weight in Childhood

School-age children whose mothers consumed more sugary beverages in mid-pregnancy had higher amounts of body fat than those whose mothers drank fewer sweetened beverages, according to a study published in the August 2017 Pediatrics. Read more »

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A Total Turn Around at Gallier Home Child Care

“ I don’t think my kids are going to eat any of these healthy foods!” “I can’t send them home hungry!” “I have 12 kids in my center; this is going to be way too hard!” These are some of the concerns expressed by Susan, owner of Gallier Home Child Care Center in Virginia, when […]

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