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,… Continue Reading Healthy Festivities at Mom’s Home Care School

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Saying Goodbye to Junk Food

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… Continue Reading Saying Goodbye to Junk Food

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Creative Minds and Healthy Eating

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… Continue Reading Creative Minds and Healthy Eating

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Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report. Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study. “The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions of social issues and day-to-day concerns,” explained… Continue Reading Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

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Shucking Corn with Kings Kids

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… Continue Reading Shucking Corn with Kings Kids

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

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

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Church Cooking Camp Inspired by ECELC

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… Continue Reading Church Cooking Camp Inspired by ECELC

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