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Creative Breastfeeding Space

Anita runs a small family child care home in her apartment in Virginia. She has limited space as her living room also functions as space for her family child care program. “I had a mother who was breastfeeding her baby. She would often sit in her car or wait until she got home to feed […]

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Eating Healthy With Little Learners

Since 2016, Little Learners in Virginia has enthusiastically been part of the NOVA Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) project. By participating in the collaborative project, the staff at Little Learners acquired knowledge on the importance of nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding and screen time. They also discovered a myriad of ways they could bring […]

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Plant and Grow with Pomona Early Head Start

Elizabeth Landin and Retha Medley are lead teachers for Pomona Early Head Start programs. In 2016, they enrolled in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program and learned the benefits of gardening. They immediately wanted to incorporate gardening into their program so the kids could learn where and how food is grown. […]

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Healthy Changes to Gutierrez Child Care

In the past, Angelica Gutierrez of Gutierrez Family Child Care made efforts to improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in her program. Since participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program in 2016, the program has eliminated harmful foods such as fried foods, foods with high sodium content, and sugary drinks, […]

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Providing a Private Breastfeeding Space

The Learning Place in New Jersey cares for children from 2 months to 6 years old.  At the very first learning session of the Collaborative, the staff found out how to provide optimal and appropriate accommodations for breastfeeding within their program. The staff quickly recognized that their early care and education (ECE) center did not […]

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Breastfeeding-Friendly Initiatives in Arizona

Child Parent Centers, Inc. (CPC) is the regional Early/Head Start grantee that serves Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties in Arizona. The program is primarily center-based but also uses home-based, family child care, and Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership models. In 2014, CPC Early/Head Start participated in the Empower PLUS+ project (Arizona’s brand […]

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Family Style Dining at C.A.R.E. for Me Center

Prior to enrolling in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program, staff at C.A.R.E. for Me Children’s Learning Center in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, neither monitored the food children brought from home nor did they promote family style meals. The food many parents were providing were unhealthy and it was quite difficult […]

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Church Cooking Camp Inspired by ECELC

While attending the ECELC Healthy Eating Learning Session, Lisa McCleish, the Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Country Club Christian Church in Missouri, created a fun idea called “Cooking Camp!” The program’s philosophy includes planning experiences for children to be actively engaged in their learning. In the Cooking Camp, the children will choose to join […]

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Kerri’s Kidsville: Taking Steps to Healthy Success

Kerri Newton, Kerri’s Kidsville Program Director from Springfield, Missouri, had the desire to provide healthy and enjoyable meals at her center. In 2013, she decided to attend the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC): Taking Steps to Healthy Success training to learn more about how to make healthy choices for her kids. While […]

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Healthy Celebrations at KinderCare in Celebration

The KinderCare Learning Center in Celebration, Florida is making profound changes to encourage parent involvement and education about nurturing healthy eaters. Parents wanted to fit eating healthy into a busy lifestyle, especially considering the limited time many of the parents have.

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