Early Childhood Centers
Early Childhood Kit:
- Nutrition and healthy lifestyle curriculum presented in stories, songs and interactive multi-media
- WISERCISE! – Daily 10-minute bouts of physical activity performed while staying on task academically
- Foods of the Month posters and access to the Foods of the Month website for year-round nutrition education
Activity Books (Optional)
This INCLUDES the evidence-based OrganWise Guys health and wellness program for students and staff!
Dr. Michelle Lombardo will deliver a two-hour Professional Development session to improve staff wellness as well as provide a teacher training on how to utilize the evidence-based OrganWise Guys Early Childhood Kit.
What does the Early Childhood Kit include?
The curriculum consists of a variety of books, interactive multi-media components, games and tools designed specifically for this young audience. The compilation of materials includes a whole center approach to creating health promotion throughout the child’s day – academic learning, physical activity, meal and play. These items facilitate the communication of important nutrition and healthy messages in a manner understood by children. Click here to view curriculum products.
Are there individual student activity books included?
We do offer two Early Childhood activity book options to use along with the Early Childhood Kit and are available for purchase (recommended one per student).
• The Heart to Start Activity Book includes companion activities to go along with the 8 storybooks in the Kit.
• The Foods of the Month Coloring book is designed for centers to use each month as reinforcement lessons to go along with the year long Foods of the Month education. Great take home activity for families as well. Each book focuses on different components of the program and if budget allows, having both items for children and families is ideal.
Is this an evidence-based program?
Yes! The OrganWise Guys Comprehensive School Program (which included Prekindergarten and kindergarten children) was part of the only published longitudinal (multi-year) school-based study to show statistically significantly greater improvements in weight, blood pressure and waist circumference measures, as well as higher standardized test scores, of children in program schools as compared to children who were not. These healthy and smart findings are published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals – the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Additionally, research was presented at the American Heart Association’s 2015 Epidemiology and Prevention and Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions that showed statistically significant improvements (and maintenance) in BMI percentile and waist circumference for children ages 2-5 participating in this childhood obesity prevention intervention.
Click here to view research and request full publications
Are these materials linked to state standards?
Yes! We understand how limited time is for teachers as well as the numerous testing/reporting requirements from state and federal entities. Our goal is to make implementing this program as EASY as possible for teachers. These materials are linked to Early Childhood/Head Start/Preschool standards and can be accessed here.
Are there implementation guides?
Yes! The curriculum comes with easy-to-use implementation guides to assist teachers in program use. Click here to view all guides.
Are there evaluation tools?
There is not a specific curriculum evaluation or pre/post test for this age group at this time. Instead, many centers who use this kit have done food tastings using the Foods of the Month Kit and obtained informal data on food preferences this way. Additionally, we have found that being able to evaluate the educators works well too. Our educator post survey can be found here.
Do you offer Professional Development around The Early Childhood Kit?
Yes, we do! You can find information on Professional Development here.
Are trainings available?
Yes! While this program is very streamlined and easy-to-implement, we recommend a short training to outline how this program can best work for this setting. We have free video trainings which can be viewed/used at anytime (it is also a great overview for you to view while considering this program).
For larger projects (multiple centers), an in-person training by one of our program experts is often requested. To meet this need, we do offer a day rate of $2500 (which includes travel expenses in the U.S.). To decide which option is best for you, do not hesitate to call us at 800-786-1730.
Is this program cost-effective?
Yes! The initial year of program implementation is where the bulk of cost is incurred. All components of the Early Childhood Kit are non-consumable and are designed for years of use. The consumable pieces are the individual student activity books, which are optional (but highly recommended) for each school year and are available at large quantity discounts.
The larger the center, the more cost-effective the program is. As an example, for a center with 100 children, a three-year center project (including a student activity book for each child per year), the cost averages out to approximately $6.00 per student per year for this proven program.
Click here to get a specific quote/estimate for your program needs.
Can the program be rolled out in stages and/or in conjunction with other initiatives?
Absolutely! Again, the program’s success is due in part to its ability to meet project/ budgetary constraints/needs. We know all centers are unique! We have compiled what we believe is the most cost-effective program by combining our best items for this
age group and setting. However, all items in the kit are also sold separately to fit into any budget parameters to get started and then can build on programming as budget allows.
As for including OrganWise components into other health programming already in place – again, a resounding YES! The more nutrition and healthy lifestyle education kids receive, the better. We work with a wide variety of partners and programs so if you are helping kids improve their lives WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU! One of the unique features of these materials (especially our OrganWise Gal/Guy pictured here) is that they can assist in bringing any nutrition and physical activity program to life!
Does this program have a parent component to reach families?
Yes! We understand the importance of helping busy parents incorporate healthy choices into not only their children’s lives, but theirs as well. To assist centers with this objective, we have equipped them with ready-to-go Foods of the Month monthly newsletters (English/Spanish) which are available on the Foods of the Month website. These can be printed out and sent home or, if technology allows, centers can post these on their website if they have one.
For centers interested in adult wellness education (for parents/worksite/adolescents programming), click here for our Take Charge of Your Health Speaker’s Kit. This is a perfect complement to The OrganWise Guys programming happening in your center!
Are there any free materials?
Yes, to help bring even more OrganWise Guys messaging home, we have developed a free resource page for parents (and kids of all ages) to access for a wide variety of FREE OrganWise Guys items for families to enjoy!
Do the materials come in Spanish?
Yes! All of the 8 storybooks are available in Spanish. We also have a variety of additional OrganWise Guys items in Spanish, which can be viewed here.
Are grants available for this program?
Yes! A large percentage of The OrganWise Guys programs have been provided to sites thanks to the generous funding from private foundations (large and small), corporate sponsors and as part of the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) in qualifying schools.
Our large network of both funding and implementing partners (nationally and locally), has allowed us to be very successful in assisting eligible organizations to obtain funding for this program in thousands of school across the country. For more information on how we might be able to assist with this please click here.