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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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… Continue Reading Learning About Gardening and Healthy Food

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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… Continue Reading Gardening with Kinder Land Child Care Center

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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… Continue Reading Get Toned at KidZone

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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… Continue Reading Florida Center Promoting Healthier Habits

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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… Continue Reading Linking Learning to Physical Activity

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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… Continue Reading Case Studies on Childhood Obesity Prevention

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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. Continue Reading Enhancing Healthy Practices at Babies 2 Kids Learning Center

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