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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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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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Shucking Corn with Kings Kids

It is not uncommon for children to eat fast food as families are busier than ever. Families often do not have the opportunity to sit together and share a meal, which hinders healthy food choices for their children. After Robbi Boone from Kings Kids Learning Center in Kentucky participated in the National Early Care and […]

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Get Toned at KidZone

Lina Perez, Director of Kidzone Learning Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida, established a partnership with a local gym. Once a month, the gym rents out their space for the kids to use for one hour. Utilizing what she has learned from the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program, Ms. Perez takes all […]

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Florida Center Promoting Healthier Habits

The program coordinator of the Cocoa Campus Child Development Center in Florida, Ashley St. Clair, participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) Program in 2016. Since then, the program has promoted healthier lifestyle habits for all staff and toddlers. The program began planning healthy meals and encouraged kids to drink more […]

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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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