LACONIA — The NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families-Child Development Bureau and the NH Department of Education, Division of Program Support, Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services have announced that their nomination for the 2015 Let's Move. Child Care Program is Lakes Region Child Care Services (LRCCS) will be recognized at the 29th National CACFP Conference in Las Vegas in April.
Lakes Region Child Care Center was selected for their extensive work with Let's Move! Child Care, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), Early Sprouts, Farm to Preschool and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). LRCCS has been nominated due to their multi-faceted approach to child wellness that begins with their program and classroom practice and extends to engaging their community in helping children and families become healthier and more active.
LRCCS, a non-profit organization serving families in central NH with children ages 6 weeks through 13 years, runs three children care centers and four before and after school programs located in Belmont, Laconia and Plymouth. LRCCS has been participating in "Let's Move" since it was first introduced. Their philosophy promotes healthy choices and they have ongoing assessments that allow them to gauge how the program is supporting these annually. They have adapted the recommendations in all programs through practice and policy to support statewide initiatives and improve quality for their children, families, and staff.
"We are thrilled to be chosen to represent New Hampshire," said Marti Ilg, Executive Director, "We feel that nutrition and movement curriculum are essential in promoting overall health and development. By participating in a wide range of programs focused on the health of children, their families and our staff, we aim to create a best practice environment."
Recent initiatives have included nutrition education and monthly cooking activities to promote color and variety and healthy nutrition; on site gardening at all of the child care centers; participation in the Early Sprouts program at the Belmont Early Learning Center; involvement in a public initiative to get fresh fruits and vegetables into local convenience stores; and hosting of parent education nights. To learn more, visit www.lrchildcare.org.
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