Three Years Later, Open Gyms are Better than Ever

In January 2016, UERPC’s Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) held its first “Free Friday Morning Open Gym” at Luther College with over 50 kids and parents in attendance.  Without a recreation center in Decorah, families with young children were in need for a space their children could run off some energy when the temperatures outside were too cold for little ones. Continue reading

Farm to Early Childhood Grant Awards

Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative is pleased to announce 19 Early Childhood Mini-Grant Awards to local Preschool Schools. These $200 mini awards will be used to support Farm to Early Education in the classroom.The awards will be used in a variety of ways to connect preschool age children to where their food comes from and introducing healthy eating habits. Continue reading

Happenings with Hallie at Bright Beginnings in Waukon

We’re about halfway through the school year already!  After meeting with my three classes for 5 months now, and having done a variety of different activities, I feel like the kids have gotten very comfortable with me, and that I have a good feel for their interests also.  We’ve gone from them staring at me and not asking questions to being very engaged and hugging me when I leave their room, and volunteering information about what their mom grows in the garden or what happens to the milk from their farm, or what they like to eat with cheese on it. Continue reading

Child care providers learn about local

By Staci Hemesath and Teresa Wiemerslage

 

Local food training workshops for child care providers were held on October 2, 9, and 16 at the Kirkwood Corporate Training Center in Hiawatha, IA. Training was led by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist with the ISU Extension Local Foods Team and was coordinated by Kelly Hanson with the Association for Education of Youth Children. Continue reading