Over $400,000 is going to communities across the state for Healthy Starts for Infants and Toddlers: Shape NC. The program is designed to promote nutrition and active learning through play with children ages birth to three years of age. The initiative will utilize a robust network of local experts to focus on child nutrition, physical activity, outdoor learning and breastfeeding/infant feeding. Guilford County was one of three counties selected to receive the grant. Five early childhood programs in Guilford County will receive grant funds and technical assistance for three years. The early childhood programs selected were:
The program is funded by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) through the Child Care Development Fund. Guilford County Partnership for Children will receive $133,500 per year for three years to address healthy behaviors with children and families in the selected five early childhood programs.