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Teaching Adolescent Parents to Cook Healthy

Conway Cradle Care located in Conway, Arkansas, serves adolescent parents who are continuing their high school educations. Childcare is provided to enable teen parents to attend school, as well as a mentoring program to teach these young parents valuable parenting and life skills. Some of the young parents they serve were unfamiliar with choosing and/or […]

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Purple Carrots at Brainy Tots Preschool

Maggie Gray, the Director of Brainy Tots Bilingual Preschool in Florissant, Missouri, discovered she and the children in her family child care program were eating the same fruits and vegetables each day. Although they were eating nutritious meals, Maggie felt the menus weren’t adventurous enough. After some reflection, Maggie decided to promote change in her […]

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How ECE Providers Built Bridges in Arkansas

Even though early care and education (ECE) providers in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) were learning about healthy goals, they found it challenging to make connections and build relationships with other providers in their respective areas. Providers felt they had limited time and resources. Through ECELC, providers in Faulkner and Mississippi […]

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Healthy Living at Little Life Academy

Little Life Academy located in Conway, Arkansas has been working with children for over 13 years. Most recently, the Director of Little Life Academy, Melissa Gabbard, noticed how unhealthy habits from parents and staff affected the children in her program. Since she was unsure how to promote change in her program, Melissa and staff member […]

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Healthy Habit Challenges at Farm School in Virginia

“At Farm School, we not only support the children, but we also support their families,” says the director of Farm School located in Hamilton, Virginia. The teachers at Farm School participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) in the fall of 2017. After the first learning session, the staff at Farm […]

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Healthy Festivities at Mom’s Home Care School

Mom’s Home Care School Inc., located in Leesburg, Virginia, was thrilled to be part of the National ECE Learning Collaborative in 2016 and continues to practice healthy eating and healthy celebrations to this day. After participating the collaborative, the program changed its policy on celebrations to ensure that all parties serve healthy foods. In addition, […]

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Breastfeeding Moms Need A Supportive Workplace As Well As A Private Room

Despite steps being taken to support breastfeeding mothers in the workforce, there are still about 27.6 million women of childbearing age left without the basic necessities to meet their breastfeeding goals. As a result, moms and their infants are missing out on vital health benefits. In 2015, 4 out of 5 mothers (83.2 percent) began […]

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H2O is the Way to Go at Tiffany’s Lil Bratz

Tiffany Gittens, owner of Tiffany’s Lil Bratz in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) in Fall 2016. After her participation in ECELC, Tiffany’s Lil Bratz has taken big steps to increase water intake and access. “H2O is the Way to Go” was the theme of her center’s campaign. […]

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Eating as a Family at Our Caring Way, Virginia

Nira Banez, Director of Our Caring Way in Falls Church, Virginia, jumped in with both feet and switched over to a full family style dining practice in March 2018, just after she received a family style dining kit through her participation in the Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program. In just two weeks […]

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Eating Healthy at JCCS Angel Care, Kentucky

“At JCCS we strive to provide a quality education to young children. However, the nutritional component has always been a concern at our school,” said Johnson County Christian School (JCCS) Angel Care Center Director Linda Daniels. The teachers agreed that they wanted to make some healthy changes while participating in the National Early Care and […]

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