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Nurturing Healthy Eaters at Meadowlands YMCA

For years, Meadowlands YMCA’s mission promoted healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility to the kids at their center. For that reason, it was in director Ellen Daly’s best interest to team with any organization that would help her fulfill her center’s goal of nurturing healthy eaters. Although Ellen’s staff have been educated in healthy […]

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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 […]

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Linking Learning to Physical Activity

Heidi Butterfield is a teacher for pre-kindergarten students at Cheney Elementary in Florida, and she desired to increase physical activity in her classroom. To achieve this goal, Heidi participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative program (ECELC) in 2016-2017. Bad weather and lack of shade were a few of the many challenges […]

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Farm Days and “Yogurt” at Bestow Learning Center

Bestow Early Learning Center is a family-owned early care and education program in the heart of Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham. Mrs. Adrienne Loder and her husband founded Bestow, and the two have created a special space for mainly African-American children to learn and play. Through the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC), Mrs. […]

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Breastfeeding-Friendly in Childtown

Sheila, the director of Childtown in Shelbyville, Kentucky, said she always welcomed breastfeeding families in her child care program; however, she did not understand how to fully support these families until she participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC). As part of her action plan goals, Sheila and her staff decided […]

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Sisters Sharing Healthy Best Practices from ECELC

Keshia Waddell has been a part of the 2016-17 National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) Family Child Care Home Collaborative in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her program serves 12 children including infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Throughout the ECELC program, Keshia was fully engaged in learning about healthy best practices and showed progress during her technical […]

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Active Play at Gutierrez Family Child Care

Edith Gutierrez implemented several new changes at Gutierrez Family Child Care in Los Angeles, California. When her program started, her space was very crowded and not conducive for active play indoors. In 2016, Edith decided to participate in the Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) to learn innovative strategies for building healthy lifestyles for […]

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New Healthy Menu at Tender Years

Tender Years is an independently owned early care and education center in Demopolis, Alabama. Demopolis is a very rural area, and there are very few options for services and resources for child care providers. However, this did not stop center director Ms. Jean Gray from faithfully participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning […]

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Jack in the Box Schools Limits Screen Time

Maria Lignos, director of Jack in the Box Schools in New Jersey, noticed that the children’s desire to play outdoors was decreasing. The children preferred to stay indoors and play with iPads, video games and other electronic devices. Although some of these devices were educational, Maria and her staff felt the children were not being […]

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How Impact Learning Center Made a Huge Impact

Impact Learning Center (ILC) serves mostly Head Start families. As part of the program, the staff at ILC encourages parents to participate during monthly family-involvement events such as a holiday parties or field day. This gave the staff an opportunity to not only be educators and advocates for the children, but to also influence and […]

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