Eating Healthy at JCCS Angel Care, Kentucky

Eating Healthy at JCCS Angel Care, Kentucky

“At JCCS we strive to provide a quality education to young children. However, the nutritional component has always been a concern at our school,” said Johnson County Christian School (JCCS) Angel Care Center Director Linda Daniels. The teachers agreed that they wanted to make some healthy changes while participating in the National Early Care and […]

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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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Jack in the Box Schools Limits Screen Time

Jack in the Box Schools Limits Screen Time

Maria Lignos, director of Jack in the Box Schools in New Jersey, noticed that the children’s desire to play outdoors was decreasing. The children preferred to stay indoors and play with iPads, video games and other electronic devices. Although some of these devices were educational, Maria and her staff felt the children were not being […]

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Eating Healthy at Sugarland Academy

Eating Healthy at Sugarland Academy

Sugarland Learning Academy is a privately owned early child care program located in Sterling, Virginia. Their facility is licensed to serve approximately 93 children from six weeks to five years of age and after-school care from six years to 12 years of age. Hasina Siddiq, the owner of Sugarland, learned a great deal while participating […]

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Planting Seeds at United Christian Ed Center

Planting Seeds at United Christian Ed Center

Staci Quiroga from United Christian Education Center in California made many new changes in her program around healthy eating. While participating in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) in 2016, Staci worked with her trainer to revamp her center’s menu and incorporate weekly nutrition education resources in their curriculum. In addition, the […]

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Plant and Grow with Pomona Early Head Start

Plant and Grow with Pomona Early Head Start

Elizabeth Landin and Retha Medley are lead teachers for Pomona Early Head Start programs. In 2016, they enrolled in the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) program and learned the benefits of gardening. They immediately wanted to incorporate gardening into their program so the kids could learn where and how food is grown. […]

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Kerri’s Kidsville: Taking Steps to Healthy Success

Kerri’s Kidsville: Taking Steps to Healthy Success

Kerri Newton, Kerri’s Kidsville Program Director from Springfield, Missouri, had the desire to provide healthy and enjoyable meals at her center. In 2013, she decided to attend the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC): Taking Steps to Healthy Success training to learn more about how to make healthy choices for her kids. While […]

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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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Seeding Orange County Head Start Gardens

Seeding Orange County Head Start Gardens

20 Head Start centers in Central Florida are establishing vegetable gardens. Gardening with young children increases outdoor physical activity, nutrition education, healthy eating and family engagement.

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