At Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children’s Alley), we want to provide your children with well-rounded care. In 2017, we implemented a wellness program designed to increase physical activity and nutrition education. We have been working alongside local farms, Boulder County Public Health, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to achieve this goal. We have outsourced instructors to teach yoga and other classes like music, and dance. Our Wellness Coordinator, Tori Anderson, teaches all the nutrition classes as well as most of the physical activity classes. If you wish to contact her for more information, you can email her at here or call Persimmon Early Learning at 303-449-1951 x110.
Persimmon Early Learning parent
What do we provide?
Fitness activities that develop and improve motor skills, coordination, language and listening skills, physical ability, social skills, spatial awareness, and overall health and wellness.
Every day we provide our toddlers and preschoolers with at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity. Toddler fitness occurs at 10:30 am and preschool fitness at 11:30 am. Classes are held in different spaces in order to eliminate COVID exposure.
Yoga to find a sense of calm. To learn body movement and breathing techniques that help acknowledge emotion and improve ability to self-sooth. Learning to move our bodies in a different way.
Persimmon Early Learning wants to teach the importance of fruits and vegetables by implementing fun hands-on nutrition activities like: gardening, cooking classes, taste testings, field trips, farmer visits, and meals and snacks. Now is the time to develop food preferences in children so they can learn to make healthier choices in the future!
Did you know it can take trying a food 10 times before a child may like it? Our program provides children the opportunities to do this with a variety of foods. They begin to feel empowered by their bravery and ability to step out of their comfort zone!
Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian and author, can teach us the appropriate way to feed our children. Please check out the website for great resources! Links to other resources can be found at the bottom of the page.
Reading “Lettuce grows on the Ground” and learning about locally grown leafy greens
First bell pepper of the season 2019
Parent Gardening Event
Making spinach, strawberry, cantaloupe salads
Learning to cut radishes
Tasting the green bean fries during lunch
Shucking corn from Ollin Farms
Crazy colored carrots!
Field trips are intended to expose children to a new learning environment. These trips can include harvesting, planting, learning about the garden or farm, observing farm animals or bugs, and nutrition lessons. We love using these trips to show the kids where our food comes from!
Future Trips: TBD due to Covid-19 restrictions and precautions. Online virtual tours are available from Growing Gardens!
Have any recommendations? Please call Persimmon Early Learning’s front desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
This July we got to visit the High Street Hives, a local bee keeper right down the street from the YWCA! The preschool classroom learned about bees and the process of making honey, they got to do a taste test, and explored the honeycomb. They love bees! Check out this bee keeper if you are looking for some smooth, sweet, locally made honey! email@example.com
Past trips: Growing Gardens, Ollin Farms, Boulder Farmers Market, Anderson Farms, and Miller Farms.
Our outdoor spaces are currently under construction. However we will be starting gardens in every room (infant, toddler, and preschool)!
Right now we have our plants growing in pots waiting to be transplanted. This year in the preschool room we are growing bell peppers, jalapenos, cabbage, peas, beans, kale, lettuce, varieties of cherry tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, red onion, turnip, radishes, squash, cucumbers, herbs, and strawberries!
Our infant and toddler room will have plants that are colorful and fun to touch. We hope to give them opportunity to have different sensory exploration.
Check it out!
View our current menu in the lobby or online here!
Carter Angel, our Nutrition Coordinator, cooks all the meals. We do our best to tie in the nutrition lessons throughout the week! Please see some great recipe resources below!
Baked Cheesy Zucchini Boat
Hawaiian Wrap (broccoli, carrot, chicken)
Sun-butter Berry Bagels
Fruity Chocolate Yogurt Bowls
Blueberry French Toast
Roasted Corn and Avocado Wraps
Whole Wheat Pomegranate Muffins
Cheesy Broccoli Muffin Bites
Red Cabbage Quinoa Wraps
Zucchini Noodles with Red Cabbage and Red Bell Pepper
Turkey Stroganoff, Roasted Shishito Peppers, Farm Fresh Salad, and Red Apple Slices
Strawberry Rhubarb Quinoa Pudding w/ Dollop of Yogurt
Pancakes with Banana sauce (we also had Basil peach sauce!)
Sun-butter Chocolate Berry Whole Wheat Bagels
Is that not enough? Of course not! In addition to the physical activity classes and nutrition education we partner with many other teachers and organizations to create a fun and unique learning environment. See some examples below…
Music class with Mr. Scott!
A few times a year we receive a special nutrition education class from our nearby farm, Growing Gardens!
ECO-CYCLE Presentation on recycling and composting- how to better take care of our planet!
Ollin Farms giving a presentation on fruits, veggies, and farming!
Due to COVD-19 we explored new ways to continue our wellness education through fun and entertaining cooking videos! Carter and Tori walk through a few recipes for families to try at home with their kids.
- Farm to ECE: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/pregnancy/child-health-promotion-program/farm-to-ece/
- CHOP (Cooking up Healthy Options with Plants): https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cacfp-chop
- CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program): https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cacfp-resources
- BFR (Boulder Food Rescue): https://www.boulderfoodrescue.org/
- HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living): https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/public-health/healthy-eating-and-active-living/
- Master Gardeners: https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/