Early Childhood and Schools Team


Encourage Arkansas schools & school districts to collaborate with parents and communities to create a unified environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for children from birth through the 12th grade.

Growing Healthy Classrooms


Click here to complete the Early Childcare application online.

Click here to complete the Elementary application online.

Click here to complete the Out of School Time application online.

The applications are now active and are due November 15.  Recognition will be given in three categories: Emerging, Blossoming, and Thriving.

Winners will also receive a press toolkit, which includes a parent letter, drafted social media posts and a newspaper article template.

2016 Growing Healthy Classrooms

See Press Release for more details. 

2016 Early Childcare Growing Healthy Classrooms Recognition


                Amy Turner, Lavaca

                Stacy Reed, Meadow Park EC (NLR)

                Ashley McFadden and Adrienne Durham, Meadow Park EC (NLR)

                Brenda Warner, Seventh Street EC (NLR)

                Charity Tuberville, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Elizabeth Jackson, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Randi Shipman, Seventh Street EC (NLR)


                Stephanie Daniel and Linda Smith, Meadow Park EC (NLR)

                Jessica Miller, Pike View EC (NLR)

                LaCher Rockins, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Tiffany Bullock, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Maribel Siems, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Jessica England, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Terri Felton, Amboy EC (NLR)

                Tanya Lewis, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Whitney Addie, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Sarah Webb and Kristen Valley, Boone Park EC (NLR)

                Jan Southwell, Boone Park EC (NLR)

                Telicia Smedley and Tomeka Moore, Boone Park EC (NLR)

                Calesha Franklin, Amboy EC (NLR)


                Michelle Needler, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Danniell Homan, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Amy Preston, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Susan Urena, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Lauren Broach and Felecia Butler-Bean, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Sarah Harrell, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Rosalynd Guiden, Glenview EC (NLR)

                Megan Wilson and Debra Holmes, Pike View EC (NLR)

                Jenny Cowling, Harrison EC


2016 Elementary Growing Healthy Classrooms Recognition




                Twyla Nichols, Nashville

                Brandy Freyaldenhoven, Lamar

                Nicole Battjes, Springdale


                Natalie Rhodes-Warren, Glenview (NLR)

                Anita Patton, Lamar

Important Developments

Programs are being developed across the state that improve access to healthy foods and increased physical activity for pre-school children and in  schools.  Some of these important programs include:

Joint Use Agreement funding made possible through the 2009 tobacco excise tax.  Grants are administered by the Arkansas Department of Education and provided to schools in partnership with their community to share use of facilities to increase access to safe places for children and families to be physically active.


Nutrition & Physical Activity Toolkit: Created by the Early Schools & Childhood Team within the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), this toolkit is designed to bring resources related to school nutrition and physical activity to one location. Watch for the most recent edition. If you experience problems downloading the toolkit from the link, email Amy Routt (chair).

Delta Garden Project

Let’s Move

Fuel Up to Play 60

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Breakfast in the Classroom:

Joint Use Agreements

School Based Health Centers

Contact the Growing Healthy Kids Advisors

Amy Routt, Early Childhood & Schools Team Co-Chair
Work: (501) 514-8414



Daphne Gaulden, MPA MPH

Program and Policy Analyst

[Office] 501.212.7460  dgaulden@afmc.org