A “green” child care center is one that is environmentally friendly. The center takes measures to ensure that the environment provides the best in health for children, offers locally-grown or organic foods, and celebrates multi-culturalism. Also, children are taught to respect the earth and its precious resources.
So it is that FKS is working towards implementing “green” policies and a curriculum based on environmentally friendly concepts. Below are the three initial activities that FKS intends on implementing over the coming months.
Plants in the Classrooms
Plants do more than just brighten a room with color. Sure they are beautiful and offer a great opportunity for the children to learn how to care for something by giving it what it needs but plants also offer great health benefits as well. By just putting 3-5 plants in a classroom we are removing toxic air emissions and potentially harmful chemicals from the air such as ammonia, carbon monoxide and car exhaust fumes. By purifying the air we are eliminating outside toxins that could cause more illness in the classroom. Clean air means that children are more alert and ready to learn! We, of course, go to great lengths ensuring that the plants in our classrooms are safe for the children to touch and explore.
Turning Off Your Car
While we understand that it may be more convenient to leave your car running while you come into the center to drop off or pick up your little ones we ask that you take minute and turn your car off. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants that form unhealthy smog and soot as those from moving cars. Nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds are the main health-harming pollutants in vehicle emissions. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses, including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitisand cancer. Children are especially vulnerable to the health dangers of exhaust. Remember that our playgrounds and outdoor play areas are right next to our parking lots which means if your car is idling our children are breathing in things that their little lungs can not handle.
Washing Fresh Fruit and Veggies
Think about exactly how many hands and machines touch your fruit before you put it in your mouth. If you think about it there are far too many to count and we have no idea where their hands have been to begin with. That is why we make sure that each piece of fresh fruit and every fresh vegetable is washed and scrubbed in a white vinegar and water solution before entering our classroom to be served. The acetic acid in the vinegar kills bacteria residues found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables.
And don’t forget our classroom Worm Farm
Have a “green” idea for us? Would you like to comment on our “green initiative?”