What is HEAL?

The Marin Countywide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative brings together residents and community partners from throughout Marin to create a road map to improve community health. We are pleased to announce we have received a grant from the Marin Community Foundation for HEAL work with families and providers enrolled in our Access to Quality Child Care program. This program focuses on policies, systems and practices to support HEAL work in child care and support quality. Other opportunities include: more training  for the provider community, on-site work with specialists in different areas, garden and nutrition education and much more!

The Child Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is an amazing resources for family and child care providers in helping create healthier environments for children. Here are Child Environmental Health Networks top ten tips to create healthier environments for children and...

October 1, 2019

This the perfect time of the Year to learn where seeds can be found, how they feel, look and taste. Children can learn how seeds grow into plants and what it takes for seeds to grow!

Read “from seed to plant” or other favorite books on gardening seeds and/or plants...

Getting Back to Basics

Have you ever noticed how kids tend to have fun with things as simple as a cardboard box? It's true. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report on the importance of play explains that inexpensive toys such as blocks, balls, jump ropes and buc...

August 1, 2019

It’s national Breastfeeding month! We believe breastfeeding is important in infant nutrition and development. That is why we are working on helping moms and child care providers feel supported with breastfeeding options. Currently our HEAL program is reaching out to ch...

Math can be challenging and anxiety provoking for many people. "By some estimates, up to 93% of American adults have some degree of math anxiety." (LA Johnson/NPR)  Sesame Street Workshop's of Eastern Connecticut State University created some best practices to share wi...

May 1, 2019

Rethink Your Drink

Statewide Day of Action is May 8th.

The "Rethink Your Drink" program hopes to shift consumption toward healthier, more affordable beverages, like water. This program also hopes to stimulate community-level partnerships and invite local environmental c...

 "Family style dining encourages learning not only at the table but away from mealtime as well. Children learn independence, social skills, and other important habits that will last with them throughout adulthood."- National CACFP association

Here are som...

March 1, 2019

Our daily habits and choices have a powerful effect on our environment. Decisions we make and shopping patterns have the ability to help or harm our planet. With mindful action, we can help reducing waste and support our planet.

Here are some steps and tips!!

1) Bring Y...

February 6, 2019

February is Children Oral Health Month!

Oral health is linked to overall health and it is important as parents and providers that we support children in brushing teeth and learn more about the importance of oral health. By creating systems and routines at home and at ch...

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