Get Out and About in Our Neck of the Woods – Fayette County

Step into another world by stepping out just a few miles outside of West Union.  Echo Valley State Park is located just a few miles from West Union on Echo Valley Road. This beautiful treasure offers walking and hiking trails, camping, and trout fishing.  Limestone bluffs and outcroppings create wonderful backdrops and scenery.  There is a stone shelter house with a fireplace, a great local for family reunions, picnics, and sleep overs. Continue reading

Family Fun Night at Head Start in Oelwein

Last March, a family fun night was held in Oelwein for all Head Start, Child Development and Early Head Start families to participate in. There were centers set up for large motor activities from the Go Smart website This promotes at least an hour of physical activity each day for children. You can discover quick and simple ways to get 0-5 year olds more active and the importance of physical play. Parents and children could make yogurt parfaits with local yogurt, fruit and granola. This fit in with the Farm to Early Care & Education food of the month which was oats. Continue reading

Iowa Early Childhood Team attend Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN Conference

The Iowa Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN State Team recently attended the Pediatric Obesity Nutrition mini Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) meeting June 13-14, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. State team members are Erin Olson, Community Health Consultant -Iowa Department of Public Health; Carol Voss, Nutrition CoordinatorIowa Department of Public Health; Kelly Hanson, Farm to Early Care & Education Program Specialist -Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and Haleisa Johnson, Early Childhood Program Coordinator – Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness. Continue reading

When kids become the teachers

Food is a part of our daily lives.  We eat to live and some of us live to eat!  Food is a cause for celebration and often a part of a celebration.  Kaleidoscope Kids Child Care Center’s preschool programs offered through Hippity Hop Preschool and KKCC 3 Year Old Preschool, in partnership with the Fayette County Food and Fitness Initiative, recently hosted their first food celebration.  In partnership with Fayette County Food and Fitness Initiative and the Northeast Iowa Food Hub students and families were able to enjoy snacks made with  locally grown foods which the preschool students learned about throughout the year. Continue reading

Rainbowland’s Annual Food Celebration

Miss Jesse Waller and the kiddos at Rainbowland worked hard to create a wonderful event for their parents and families.  Miss Jesse’s class spends time learning, experimenting, and trying recipes and activities in conjunction with the Farm to Early Education curriculum.  Farm to Early Education offer guidance and resources for teachers to help their young students learn about locally grown foods.   This year’s food model included foods such a poultry and eggs, cucumbers, asparagus, and potatoes as well as a few other local treasures.  With Miss Jesse’s guidance students reviewed the recipes they tried throughout the year and chose their favorites to prepare and share at their celebration.  Offerings included pumpkin cookies, peanut butter yogurt dip, cucumber water with cucumber slices, pumpkin graham cracker frozen treats, and energy bites made with oats. Continue reading