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October 1, 2017
Hiring EEC Certified Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher who is experienced, creative, energetic and caring to join our professional team of teachers.  Must be EEC Lead Teacher certified in Infant & Toddler (Director certified a plus).  If you are certified please email us your resume and current salary.
 
 
10 Tips to being a healthy role model for children - download printable >
You are the most important influence on your child.  You can do many things to help your children develop health eating habits for life.  Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group.  They will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods.  When children develop a taste for many types of foods, it's easier to plan family meals.  Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time!

1. Show by example:  Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with meals or as snacks.  Let your child see that you like to munch on raw vegetables.
2. Go food shopping together:  Grocery shopping can teach your child about food and nutrition.  Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come from.  Let your children make healthy choices.
3. Get creative in the kitchen:  Cut food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters.  Name a food your child helps make.  Serve "Janie's Salad" or "Jackie's Sweet Potatoes"  for dinner.  Encourage your child to invent new snacks.  Make your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low sugar cereal and dried fruit.
4. Offer the same foods for everyone:  Stop being a "short-order cook"  by making different dishes to please children.  It's easier to plan family meals when everyone eats the same food.
5. Reward with attention, not food:  Show your love with hugs and kisses.  Comfort with hugs and talks.  Choose not to offer sweets as rewards.  It lets your child think sweets or dessert foods are better than other foods.  When meals are not eaten, kids do not need "extras" - such as candy or cookies - as replacement foods.
6. Talk at mealtime: Talk about fun and happy things at mealtime.  Turn off the television.  Take phone calls later.  Try to make eating meals a stress-free time.
7. Listen to your child:  If your child says he or she is hungry, offer a small, healthy snack - even if it is not a scheduled time to eat.  Offer choices.  Ask "which would you like for dinner:  broccoli or cauliflower?"  Instead of "Do you want broccoli for dinner?"
8. Limit screen time:  Allow no more than 2 hours a day of screen time, like TV and computer games.  Get up and move during commercials to get some physical activity.
9. Plan activities:  Make physical activity fun for the whole family.  Involve your children in the planning.  Walk, run, and play with your child - instead of sitting on the sidelines.  Set an example by being physically active and using safety gear, like bike helmets.
10:  Be a good role model: Try new foods yourself.  Describe its taste, texture, and smell.  Offer one new food at at time.  Serve something your child likes along with the new food.  Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal, when your child is very hungry.  Avoid lecturing or forcing your child to eat.
 

STANDARD 2.1.3.6: Fostering Language Development of Three- to Five-Year-Olds

The indoor and outdoor learning/play environment should be rich in first-hand experiences that offer opportunities for language development. They should also have an abundance of books of fantasy, fiction, and nonfiction, and provide chances for the children to relate stories. Caregivers/teachers should foster language development by:

  1. Speaking with children rather than at them;
  2. Encouraging children to talk with each other by helping them to listen and respond;
  3. Giving children models of verbal expression;
  4. Reading books about the child’s culture and history, which would serve to help the child develop a sense of self;
  5. Reading to children and re-reading their favorite books;
  6. Listening respectfully when children speak;
  7. Encouraging interactive storytelling;
  8. Using open-ended questions;
  9. Provide opportunities during indoor and outdoor learning/play to use writing supplies and printed materials;
  10. Provide and read books relevant to their natural environment outdoors (for example, books about the current season, local wildlife, etc.);
  11. Provide settings that encourage children to observe nature, such as a butterfly garden, bird watching station, etc.;
  12. Providing opportunities to explore writing, such as through a writing area or individual journals.

RATIONALE: Language reflects and shapes thinking. A curriculum created to match preschoolers’ needs and interests enhances language skills. First-hand experiences encourage children to talk with each other and with adults, to seek, develop, and use increasingly more complex vocabulary, and to use language to express thinking, feeling, and curiosity (1-3).

COMMENTS: Compliance with development should be measured by structured observation. Examples of verbal encouragement of verbal expression are: “ask Johnny if you may play with him”; “tell him you don’t like being hit”; “tell Sara what you saw downtown yesterday;” “can you tell Mommy about what you and Johnny played this morning?” These encouraging statements should be followed by respectful listening, without pressuring the child to speak.

TYPE OF FACILITY: Center; Large Family Child Care Home; Small Family Child Care Home

Special Parent Information

Some kids reject new tastes and textures, while others show their independence through eating – or not eating – the food they’re offered. But, even picky eaters can learn to like fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods and beverages.

Try these strategies to create a positive eating environment and avoid struggles during mealtimes.

      Do the dip. Toddlers and preschoolers love dipping, so try serving veggies with yogurt, hummus, low-fat dressing, or low-fat melted cheese.

      Have children help make the food. When kids help stir and add ingredients, they feel proud of what they’ve made and may be more likely to try new, healthy foods. For kid-friendly recipes and snacks kids can create, check out our Healthy Eating page.

      Create a game or lesson around trying new food. For example, when teaching children about states in the US or other countries, bring in a fruit or vegetable from those places. Have children who are interested in trying the new food take a bite and share their thoughts about it. When picky eaters hear where the food comes from and what their friends are saying about it, they might want to try it too. 

      Don’t use food as a reward or punishment. Avoid forcing children to finish the “healthy foods” to get to their dessert. That can make the healthy foods seem like punishment and force children to eat when they are full.

      Don’t give up! A child’s frown can be discouraging. But, remember it may take 10 to 15 tries for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to accept a new food. Plus, teaching kids to appreciate healthy foods early on will help them to develop healthy eating habits that can continue as they grow up. For more tips and resources, visit the Let’s Move! Child Care Web site

      Set a good example. Remember that you’re an important role model! Try the nutritious meals and snacks you offer kids. When they see you eating and enjoying healthy foods, they might choose to eat healthy foods too.

As you try these strategies, talk with parents about how you’re encouraging picky eaters to eat healthy. Better yet, work with parents as partners to teach kids’ taste buds to enjoy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. For example, provide parents with an easy-to-read material on how to teach healthy eating habits. One helpful resource is the article “Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles”.         

Promoting healthy eating will help your program achieve the Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) goals focused on nutrition. We encourage you to use the LMCC Checklist Quiz as a resource to help you identify opportunities to promote nutrition and physical activity, and build a customized action plan to help you reach your goals.

Let’s Move! Child Care

Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is a nationwide call-to-action that empowers early care and education (ECE) providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. ECE providers who choose to participate in LMCC are recognized when they meet a set of best practices related to the five LMCC Goals—physical activity, screen time, food, beverages, and infant feeding. To help providers reach their goals, a number of online interactive tools—including a Checklist Quiz and action planning guide—have been developed through a public-private partnership between the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Association for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Nemours, and the University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and other partners.

 


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