From Seeds to Sprouts Watch Me Grow
The West Haven Child Development Center provides early care and education services for the families in West Haven Connecticut on a sliding scale, based on family size and income. Many of our families income falls below the poverty level. We provide a high level of quality care to our families that they may be unable to afford elsewhere. We also offer our staff various opportunities for continuing education, and encourage a high level of parent and teacher communication.
Our garden program is part of our initiative to fight childhood obesity. We have partnered with the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Yale School of Nursing, and the Department of Public Health to run programs that emphasize the importance of physical activity and nutrition, and to raise awareness about the growing problem of childhood obesity.
As part of our parent involvement and education initiative, we run parent workshops on health and nutrition. We plan to incorporate our parents in the gardening program, encouraging parent volunteers to work alongside our volunteers from local schools and universities. This will promote community collaboration.
- Children will learn where vegetables come from, how they grow and what they look like. They learn how to prepare vegetables for eating from scratch.
- Growing vegetables with children encourages them to eat more vegetables too, especially for the fussy eaters! They can choose the vegetable seeds, plant and tend them together, and finally harvest the fresh vegetables. Homegrown vegetables taste a LOT better when they are fresh. Tasting the difference between tinned peas and fresh peas from the pod is like eating a completely different vegetable.
Growing vegetables is FUN! Children love digging up the potatoes, parsnips and carrots. Watching seeds grow from tiny seedlings into grown, mature plants, and protecting them from invaders really is quite an adventure.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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