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.… Continue Reading Plant and Grow with Pomona Early Head Start

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Breastfeeding-Friendly Initiatives in Arizona

Breastfeeding-Friendly Initiatives in Arizona

Child Parent Centers, Inc. (CPC) is the regional Early/Head Start grantee that serves Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties in Arizona. The program is primarily center-based but also uses home-based, family child care, and Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership models. In 2014, CPC Early/Head Start participated in the Empower PLUS+ project (Arizona’s brand… Continue Reading Breastfeeding-Friendly Initiatives in Arizona

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Embracing Different Cultures in Fairfax County, Virginia

Embracing Different Cultures in Fairfax County, Virginia

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Family and Early Childhood Education Program/Head Start (FECEP/HS) has diligently worked to serve the increasing number of students and families, who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Across the FECEP/HS centers, 35 different languages are spoken. Nutrition staff help address the challenge of serving a diverse population through a variety of ways. Continue Reading Embracing Different Cultures in Fairfax County, Virginia

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Keeping Hearts Healthy in Oklahoma

Keeping Hearts Healthy in Oklahoma

Indian Health Service’s (IHS) Clinton Service Unit (CSU) in Western Oklahoma has made a significant impact in reducing rates of childhood obesity in the local tribal Head Start setting. Through the Healthy Heart Program (HHP), CSU works with three rural and urban tribal Head Start facilities to implement a program focusing on healthy eating, physical… Continue Reading Keeping Hearts Healthy in Oklahoma

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Farm to Childcare in Minnesota

Farm to Childcare in Minnesota

In St. Paul, Minnesota, a unique partnership—among the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties Head Start (CAPRW), the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), and the Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention—is bringing healthy, fresh food to six Head Start centers across the city.… Continue Reading Farm to Childcare in Minnesota

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