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 […]

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Making Healthy Changes at Young Legends

Making Healthy Changes at Young Legends

The staff at the Young Legends Child Care Learning Center in Florida learned so much during the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC). With each learning session, Nathalie Mason and her staff at Young Legends were able to bring back lots of information and new resources to make healthy changes in their classrooms. […]

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Learning About Gardening and Healthy Food

Learning About Gardening and Healthy Food

Sandy Varnell, Director for The Learning Tree in Winter Park, Florida, wanted to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle to children and families in her center. Sandy decided to take action on this goal when she joined the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program, Taking Steps to Healthy Success. Sandy’s plan […]

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Gardening with Kinder Land Child Care Center

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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Get Toned at KidZone

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

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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Linking Learning to Physical Activity

Linking Learning to Physical Activity

Heidi Butterfield is a teacher for pre-kindergarten students at Cheney Elementary in Florida, and she desired to increase physical activity in her classroom. To achieve this goal, Heidi participated in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative program (ECELC) in 2016-2017. Bad weather and lack of shade were a few of the many challenges […]

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Case Studies on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Case Studies on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Through the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives project, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Nemours Children’s Health System to support the spread and scale of best practices related to obesity prevention in early care and education (ECE) settings. For five years (2011 – 2016), Nemours and CDC worked with grantees […]

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Healthy Celebrations at KinderCare in Celebration

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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Enhancing Healthy Practices at Babies 2 Kids Learning Center

Enhancing Healthy Practices at Babies 2 Kids Learning Center

Tracy Ehlert from Babies 2 Kids Learning Center in Iowa is working hard to meet the LMCC five healthy goals. She is also working to complete the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s (CACFP) Take ACTION Challenge. Ms. Ehlert says LMCC and the CACFP Challenge helped her dive into the health and nutrition aspect of her program and re-evaluate it.

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