How Impact Learning Center Made a Huge Impact

How Impact Learning Center Made a Huge Impact

Impact Learning Center (ILC) serves mostly Head Start families. As part of the program, the staff at ILC encourages parents to participate during monthly family-involvement events such as a holiday parties or field day. This gave the staff an opportunity to not only be educators and advocates for the children, but to also influence and […]

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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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Providing a Private Breastfeeding Space

Providing a Private Breastfeeding Space

The Learning Place in New Jersey cares for children from 2 months to 6 years old.  At the very first learning session of the Collaborative, the staff found out how to provide optimal and appropriate accommodations for breastfeeding within their program. The staff quickly recognized that their early care and education (ECE) center did not […]

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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 […]

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USDA Leader Visits Nemours Head Start Project in Florida

USDA Leader Visits Nemours Head Start Project in Florida

Kevin W. Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), visited Taft Head Start Center in Orlando, Florida. Taft Head Start is one of the 20 Orange County Head Start sites participating in Nemours Early Care Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC).

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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.

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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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ECELC Inspires Healthy Changes

ECELC Inspires Healthy Changes

After participating in ECELC, staff at Taylor County Head Start in Florida hope to inspire preschoolers in their care, and parents as well. The preschoolers will be participating in a monthly nutrition lesson, using “A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy.”

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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 […]

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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. […]

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