Posts Tagged ‘Mountain Area Child and Family Center’

Courtesy of MACFC

Mountain Area Child & Family Center, offering care and education to children ages 0-5 and their families, welcomes Bronwen McCormick as its new Director of Rainbow in My Tummy®. The healthy eating program for preschoolers, which kicked off in 2008, aims to prevent obesity by exposing children under five to colorful, nutritious foods that will promote lifelong preferences for healthy eating. The one-of-a-kind program is now being implemented in 11 early education centers in Buncombe County, with plans for expansion into surrounding counties and then beyond.

McCormick comes to MACFC from AB Tech’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality department, where she graduated first in her class to earn an Associates Degree in Culinary Technology, served as lab manager and instructor from 2004 to 2007 and Department Chairperson from 2007 until 2012. During her time at AB Tech, McCormick helped lead multiple culinary competition teams to state and regional acclaim and to a National Championship in 2007.

Under McCormick’s direction, plans for RIMT’s expansion include additional menus and recipes that significantly exceed minimal requirements for food served in early childhood education centers, training and curriculum for centers, teachers, and parents, an interactive website that will complement the current RIMT program, and an accreditation process for centers that have successfully implemented RIMT.

Long-term plans include teacher certification, assisting families to implement RIMT in the home, and partnering with community restaurants to offer healthier kids’ menus. With funding support from The Community Benefit Committee of Mission Hospital and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, MACFC is working to implement Rainbow in My Tummy® in additional Western North Carolina counties in 2013, with a push for state and national reach to follow.

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…and for a good cause.  I know, I know auction schmoction.  We have very generous businesses and individuals here who donate to many auctions for good causes each year. 

Bids for Kids is worth putting on the calendar: 5:30-7:30 on Dec. 14.  It’s free to attend and has a live and silent auction, as well as wine and appetizers.  This is the first annual Bids for Kids and supports five regional child-based nonprofits. 

WHAT: First annual Bids for Kids auction all proceeds going to 5 area child-based non-profits:

Mountain Area Child and Family Center, Helpmate, Caring For Children, Elida Homes, Inc., and Children First

WHEN: Wed. Dec 14 5:30-7:30, free to attend with Wine & Holiday Hors D’oeuvres

WHO and WHERE: Asheville Area Auctioneers is hosting this event at Brunk Auctions Gallery

AUCTION ITEMS: There are some really awesome and unique items from local businesses in the live and silent auction, such as:

Restaurant gift certificates, vacation get aways and events (Lake House Retreat, Britton Family Lodge, private concerts with local musicians), Chop Shop is offering butchering lessons, Town Mountain Garden Party, an afternoon of bee keeping with Laurey Masterton, a live Christmas tree, jewelry, original artwork…I mean honestly, the list is awesome.  I can’t wait to go and I’ve been to a lot of auctions!  And, I really believe in these non-profits!

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Natural food retailer Earth Fare donated more than 70 free-range turkeys to families in need at Mountain Area Child and Family Center today for the holiday season.  MACFC provides high quality child care and education, serving children ages 0-5 and their families.  MACFC is a blended community, including families with diverse income levels, backgrounds and needs.  They are an Early Head Start provider for Buncombe County, annually serving about 150 families who live at or below the poverty line.

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Mountain Area Child and Family Center serves children ages 0-5 and their families.  They have two locations: in Swannanoa next to Warren Wilson College and in Candler at Montmorinci.  Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and their children from 0 to 5 through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement.


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