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YWCA Awarded SNAP ED Grant – Helping Us Make Even More Rainbows!

30 Nov

058Since 2012 the YWCA has provided healthy meals and snacks from our Rainbow in My Tummy Program for our children in our Child Care, After School, and Drop-In Child Care. Rainbow in My Tummy was created by the Verner Early Learning Center and is a way to help child care centers feed their children healthfully while still adhering to government guidelines. We stick to whole grains, mostly fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and low fat dairy. Almost all of the food that comes out of our kitchen is made from scratch by our stellar kitchen staff every day. Read “A Day in the Life of the Rainbow In My Tummy Kitchen” here.

084Now, we’re proud to announce that we will be running SNAP Ed programming starting this fall, making us the first implementing agency in Western North Carolina! SNAP Ed is a grant designed to get Nutrition and Physical Activity education to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, as well as the general public.

As part of SNAP Ed our Nutrition Coordinator, Alex Mitchell, will run Color Me Healthy, a nutrition and physical activity curriculum, with our 3-5 year old Child Care students.  Summer Camp students will get to participate in a physical activity curriculum and participate in regular food and nutrition activities as well.  We will also hold events for our parents to learn how to make good nutrition and physical activity choices at home.060

“Nutrition and physical activity education is so important to start early, and SNAP Ed funds will give us the chance to provide these lessons,” says Alex. “I’m personally excited to get to interact with our kids and families more, and to teach information that they will then take out of the YW and into their homes and communities.”

Do you have an idea for what we should call this “snappy” new work at the YW? Email your suggestions to marketing@ywcaofasheville.org!

New in the Drop-In Childcare

26 Jan

Introducing New Staff and New Hours

From Missy Summers, YWCA New Choices Director
(Call for more information, 254-7206 x 113)

The YWCA Drop-in Childcare mission is to provide top quality childcare services in a safe, clean, and friendly atmosphere.  Our childcare staff has over 40 years combined experience working with children. Our focus is on active play and age-appropriate activities.

We are excited to announce two new staff members to the YWCA Drop-in, Amy Shepherd and Adam Wright. Amy is a familiar face at the YWCA having worked in the childcare program for five years and is returning after moving away for three years. Adam most recently worked at Apple Farm Summer Arts Camp teaching creative writing and theater to children 10-17 years olds and has a passion for writing and directing.

The YWCA Drop-in is a free childcare service for Club W members while they are using the facility. We also offer free childcare services for parents who are actively seeking employment, attending classes or accessing social services.

Also, we have recently expanded our hours!

Drop-In Childcare Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday through Thursday 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am – 11:30 am