Valbona’s Family Child Care Success

Valbona’s Family Child Care Success

While the Virginia Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) group was filled with stories of positive changes in healthy eating and active play, one story stood out as particularly heartwarming and a testament to collaboration. Valbona (Val) Bytyqi and Ann Marie Ries met at the very first ECELC session in Alexandria, Virginia. Both are […]

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Healthy Festivities at Mom’s Home Care School

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

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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Nutritious Celebrations at Renate Zahn Family Child Care

Nutritious Celebrations at Renate Zahn Family Child Care

“Food has always been associated with holiday parties and celebrations in my program but it hasn’t always been healthy,” says Renate Zahn the owner of Renate Zahn Family Child Care Program in St. Louis, Missouri. Zahn discovered that many of the parties in her program included the usual cakes loaded with sugar and topped with […]

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2018 National Family Child Care Conference

2018 National Family Child Care Conference

June 28-July 1, 2018 Chicago, Illinois The National Family Child Care Conference is a special event for family child care providers across the United States to meet, network, and grow together. The conference provides an environment on unity in which many providers and advocates have met and became life-long friends. Providers leave the conference re-energized […]

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Family Style Dining at Play and Learn Daycare

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

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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From Fast Food to Prepped Food

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

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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Farm Days and “Yogurt” at Bestow Learning Center

Farm Days and “Yogurt” at Bestow Learning Center

Bestow Early Learning Center is a family-owned early care and education program in the heart of Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham. Mrs. Adrienne Loder and her husband founded Bestow, and the two have created a special space for mainly African-American children to learn and play. Through the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC), Mrs. […]

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