Featured School: Brooklyn Child Care in Brooklyn, NY

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Healthy eating habits are formed early in life. At Brooklyn Child Care Inc. (BCCI), children aged 2 to 6 are exposed to a variety of fruits and vegetables in the outdoor garden and on their lunch plates. Growing, cooking, and eating fruits and vegetables is part of the curriculum at Brooklyn Child Care. Children at the center learn how vegetables grow and are involved in the gardening process. They learn about the different shapes and colors of fruits and vegetables. BCCI will use the money they raise from Schoola to buy soil, seeds, and vegetables to grow in their outdoor garden. You can shop their school page to support their goals.

Parents are extremely satisfied with the healthy choices that their children are exposed to. Natallia Yelina says, “The food is extremely diverse and includes many fruit and vegetable options. The teachers always encourage children to try new food. My youngest child, who is currently in pre-K class of BCCI, says that her favorite food is broccoli. I attribute this to BCCI’s healthy food – healthy body campaign where junk food and sweets are not promoted.”

Doctor Linda Che, whose child attends Brooklyn Child Care says, “It is important to introduce fruits and vegetables to children. BCCI compares fruits and vegetables to musical instruments – it’s a fun way for children to learn about their healthfulness. As a mother of two young children, practicing healthy eating habits is an important part of my children’s daily routine thanks to BCCI.”

Pre-K parent Abby states, “As a preschooler my son’s eating habits have grown through the diverse foods that are prepared and served, and staff are wonderful in engaging him to try new things. He also thoroughly enjoys the hands-on aspect of helping to “cook” various foods that are served, exploring new foods and the creative manner they are displayed.”

BCCI sets good examples for children, offers a variety of foods, teaches children about portion size, helps children know when they have had enough, follows a meal and snack schedule, makes meal and snack times special, assists picky eaters, encourages youngsters to try new foods and makes food fun! Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C so BCCI makes sure that parents are aware of the benefits and provides many fruit and vegetable options daily.

BCCI is NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited and has an outstanding reputation for helping children develop healthy eating habits and know the importance of exercise. Research shows that healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. So, at BCCI children eat healthy, run around in the huge outdoor playground while learning to be school ready. The message, “You are what you eat” is shared with students so that they learn at a very young age the importance of good nutrition.

Children flourish in a warm, nurturing environment in which math, science, health, nutrition, and physical activity are valued. In addition, students are provided with music, dance, art and foreign language classes.

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