Park Ridge Child Care Center is recognized by the American Heart Association and Nemours as a Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG) Gold Center for improving nutrition, physical activity, and screen time policies and practices. With 60 percent of American children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, the goal of Healthy Way to Grow is to help improve and sustain nutrition, physical activity, screen time, infant feeding, sleep habits, staff wellness, and family engagement. Healthy Way to Grow provides support to participating centers through subject matter experts and guides policy change as centers implement key HWTG components. Each month there is a calendar and a newsletter from Healthy Way to Grow located at the main entrance that will provide your families with fun and healthy activities and ideas for the month!
We have joined Michelle Obama and other child care providers across the nation in the fight to prevent childhood obesity!
By working towards the following five goals we are helping to build an entire generation of healthy kids:
Healthy meals are crucial for positive childhood development!
CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
Park Ridge Child Care Center has been designated by the New York State Department of Health’s Child and Adult Care Program as a Breast-Friendly Child Care Center. We provide comfort and privacy for our mommies and daddies in our Family Feeding Room located in the back of the nurse’s office if family choose to feed their baby while their child is at our center. We have a separate refrigerator for storing breast milk where we keep a daily log of any breast milk going in and out of the refrigerator at all times. Lastly, we have a private Family Feeding Room, where we offer a quiet place for parents to come nurse or feed their child throughout their day!