2018 QRIS National Meeting

2018 QRIS National Meeting

July 16-18, 2018 San Diego, California Join the 2018 QRIS National Meeting from July 16-18 in San Diego, California. Meet peers from across the country, share what you are doing, hear the latest research, and learn about effective practices, innovations and big ideas in the development, implementation and revision of quality rating and improvement systems […]

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Healthy Celebrations at Angeles Mesa YWCA

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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Sisters Sharing Healthy Best Practices from ECELC

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

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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Yoga at Glendora Children’s Center

Yoga at Glendora Children’s Center

Vasthi Calvachi, director of Glendora Children’s Center in California, started a weekly yoga program for all the teachers and their classrooms. Vasthi wanted to introduce yoga in her program long before participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program in 2016. She read about the benefits of yoga for children and […]

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Green Eggs and Ham at Hernandez Child Care

Green Eggs and Ham at Hernandez Child Care

Claudia Hernandez, owner of Hernandez Family Child Care in California, made many new healthy changes regarding nutrition and physical activity in her program. While participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program in 2016, Claudia realized how easy it was to incorporate best practices into her program’s procedures. Claudia made notable […]

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Children’s Council Hosts Healthy Apple Awards

Children’s Council Hosts Healthy Apple Awards

Children’s Council of San Francisco coordinates a large, free community health and wellness fair called Growing Healthy Kids, which also hosts the Healthy Apple Awards–a program honoring child care providers providing excellent nutrition and physical activity.

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San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce Update

San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce Update

The San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce has taken off in three years. San Diego County school districts serve more than 300,000 meals each day—spending $65 million in food per year, including $11.6 million in produce. 31 San Diego County districts are engaged in at least one of 18 comprehensive farm to school activities.

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Family Style Dining Reduces Waste

Family Style Dining Reduces Waste

All of the meals at My First School in California were being served pre-portioned. Some children were throwing food away. Once family style dining was implemented, less food was wasted, each child ate an appropriate amount of food, and manners were learned.

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A Little Bit of Help Goes a Long Way

A Little Bit of Help Goes a Long Way

Sharon Lanier, Site Supervisor at Drew Rainbow Child Development Center, decided it was time to reinstate the school garden. The garden came to life with the help from parents and grandparents.

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