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Healthy Celebrations at Angeles Mesa YWCA

Angeles Mesa YWCA staff was concerned with unhealthy practices at their center prior to enrolling in ECELC. New policies are now in effect, and staff has reported adopting healthy changes in their personal lives

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Saying Goodbye to Junk Food

“I could not stand junk food being brought into our program any longer,” says Oakridge Child Care Center Director, Maritza Lopez. “We knew how much the children could benefit from healthier eating and family-style dining.” In the beginning, the program’s menus included foods that were fried and breaded. Water was made available, but it was […]

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CWLA National Conference (Apr 26-29)

The 2018 Child Welfare League of America National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times, will highlight how organizations are advancing excellence in child and family services in changing times. Conference presentations will feature evidence-informed/evidence-based programs, practices and related policies and tools that lead to the successful implementation of the […]

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National Smart Start Conference (Apr 30-May 3)

The National Smart Start Conference is the nation’s largest conference devoted to early education systems and strategies. The conference provides advanced professional development for early education leaders committed to improving the quality of and access to early childhood services for all children ages birth to five. It is intended for professionals who support families, for […]

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Family Style Dining at Play and Learn Daycare

Aisha and Shaheed, the owners of Play and Learn Daycare in Virginia have been providing quality child care in their home for more than 30 years. The families often come back and spend time with them as a testament to the welcoming and nurturing environment they provide in their home. Aisha and Shaheed are lifetime […]

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Healthy Policies at Nurture Home Care

Donald and Audrey Hopkins’s overall goal was to write and implement written healthy policies that would improve the lifestyles for the toddlers in their child care program. As the owners of Nurture Home Care, their journey of making healthy lifestyle changes started with simple displays of healthy living artwork of the children in their care. […]

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Green Smoothies at Liyu Home Child Care

When Liyuwork Belaineh signed up for the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) she was hopeful, yet unconvinced, her home child care center had to make adjustments since they were already an active and healthy center. Liyu quickly discovered there were many things she could do to improve her center’s habits including eliminating […]

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Creative Minds and Healthy Eating

Kaitlyn Bates and Emily Hatfield are co-owners of Creative Minds Learning Center in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Participation in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) made them aware of how they could nurture healthy eating in their program. Although the center was already providing nutritious meals served family style, they recognized areas of improvement […]

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Making Healthy Changes at Young Legends

The staff at the Young Legends Child Care Learning Center in Florida learned so much during the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC). With each learning session, Nathalie Mason and her staff at Young Legends were able to bring back lots of information and new resources to make healthy changes in their classrooms. […]

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Learning About Gardening and Healthy Food

Sandy Varnell, Director for The Learning Tree in Winter Park, Florida, wanted to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle to children and families in her center. Sandy decided to take action on this goal when she joined the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program, Taking Steps to Healthy Success. Sandy’s plan […]

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