Shape NC

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ShapeNC-LogoThis groundbreaking initiative tackles the childhood obesity epidemic by focusing on young children, from birth through age five, in child care and community settings.  This program seeks to change child care communities so that young children’s earliest experiences with food and physical activity promote a lifetime of healthy behaviors.

This program is made possible through a partnership between The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and The North Carolina Partnership for Children.  Locally, the Partnership for Children of Wayne County administers the Shape NC program with the Child Care Center at Wayne Community College.

For more information, please contact the Partnership at 919-735-3371 ext. 238.

Newsletters
May 2013

Resources
Be Active Kids website
Blue Cross Blue Shield Website
Natural Learning Initiative Website

Shape NC is taking shape at the Model Early Learning Center at Wayne Community College’s Child Development Center.  At the center, you will see Plants, produce, and natural materials outlining the outdoor environment to enhance the children have play and provide meaningful outdoor experiences.  The produce grown is provided as an alternative to snack to teach awareness of nutritional foods.  A nutrition activity is planned weekly for the children to teach awareness, and introduce them to explore healthy options.
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On September 14, The Model Early Learning Center, staff and various community partners participated in Play Daze NC.  Play Daze NC is an annual event held to promote play for the sake of playing, to be physically active, to challenge each individual to be creative in mind and body, and to share the joy of discovery and social interaction.  All enrolled children, their families and friends participated and had a wonderful time.
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On October 11th and 12th the Model Early Learning Center participated in the 10th Annual Design Institute at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, “Designing Living Environments for Children and Other Creatures”.  The institute was held to create environments for healthy human development and a healthy biosphere for generations to come.

To continue the enhancement of the project and provide shade for the outdoor learning environment, 5 trees were donated to the Model Early Learning Center by Casey’s Nursery and were planted by the college’s Turf grass and Forest Management students.  The children enjoyed seeing the process of it happening and “taking Shape”.  The Collaboration between the college and the Model Early Learning Center has been a great success!
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A representative from Natural Learning Initiative from North Carolina’s State Design team came to visit the Model Early Learning Center to offer suggestions and provide feedback.  The center was given rave reviews and it was stated how impressed the representative was with process of the grant’s initiative.

The Model Early Learning Center will be visiting the Marbles Museum in Raleigh, January 16 and 17 to meet with local Partnerships and Centers to exchange resources, develop expansion plans, and identify additional funding needs for the centers.

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