Child Care Partner Story:
Healthy and nutritious is a priority at His Kids childcare Center and Preschool.
In the spring of 2014, David Anderson presented the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) at a training for area childcare providers. His Kids Childcare Center knew right away this program would be an excellent way for us to expand our commitment to helping parents raise healthy children.
His Kids Childcare Center and Preschool is always looking for ways to improve the health and well being of the children in which we serve. Throughout 2014 and 2015 we created several new policies and procedures to reflect our goals to provide an environment that is welcoming for breastfeeding mothers, provide healthy food choices for all children, and keep children active.
Providing healthy and nutritious food choices has always been a priority. Our center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program serving breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack to all the children in our care. With many thanks to Christine Aquino, a Goodhue County Master Gardener, His Kids had our most successful garden summer of 2015 (pictured above).
On planting day, all the children - infants through school age - joined together and planted many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Children enjoyed watering the garden with their watering cans and had fun watching everything start to grow. As vegetables ripened, children would often pick and eat green, yellow and purple beans right off the vines! It was fun to see toddlers nibbling on the produce like rabbits with green bean drool running down their chin while they were playing on the playground.
Our preschool classes enjoyed harvesting purple, red, yellow and green peppers; squash; cucumbers; tomatoes; and many other yummy veggies. It was wonderful to see children so excited about picking and eating the produce they planted. Offering children healthy food choices and daily exercise will put them on the right path to make these choices for life.