Organization Name: Center For Community & Family Services, Inc. Head Start/ Early Head Start
Name: Nina Paddock
508 E. Mendocino St.
Altadena, CA 91001
Organization Email: www.ccafs.org
Best Practice Entries:
*Monthly Staff Newsletter
CCFS Head Start & Early Head Start built a Master Calendar titled: Learning to Move, and Moving to Learn. This calendar was given to each staff member as well as community partners at the beginning of the program year, around the themes of Moving and Learning. An action word is chosen for each month. From this word they built a healthy habit that they wanted to promote with staff and the community. The action word takes on added significance in that it is the focus word that the monthly staff newsletter is built around. Their intention was that each month staff would be reminded and refocused on health through both the calendar and the newsletter.
The Moving and Learning Community Awareness Campaign states:
“The Center for Community and Family Services (CCFS) Head Start and Early Head Start serves 1,287 families in the Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, South Pasadena and Sierra Madre. Our services include early childhood education, nutrition, health, mental health, disabilities, male involvement, family support and advocacy. We do this by pulling Federal, State and local resources together.
Childhood obesity, which has become a nationwide epidemic in the recent years, has impacted our communities greatly. CCFS Head Start and Early Head Start has risen to the challenge to improve the health and nutrition of our families. Our staff along with our partners will work closely with families to improve the amount of time and the quality of physical activity that we engage in on a daily basis. We work to improve the nutritional health of all people through the promotion of healthy food choices including increased fruit and vegetable consumption.
Our message is not a one time campaign, but a continual process of changing how we move and eat, so that we can become a healthier community. This message aligns with our Head Start and Early Head Start comprehensive services and supports the idea of Learning to Move, and Moving to Learn.”