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Kids Making Healthy Choices
The first five years of life are a critical time of development - especially social/emotional development which is a key foundation block for early learning. Through its partnerships with 30 early childhood centers Alternatives supports the social/emotion development of young children by providing visual art instruction, teacher training, and curriculum resources to center staff. Partnering centers include:
- Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
- Pre-School Monart
Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices is a nationally recognized curriculum that includes easy-to-implement lesson plans, puppets, music, role play, brainstorming, storytelling, and other interactive approaches. Children who participate in Al’s Pals are 2-5 times more likely to demonstrate pro-social skills than children who do not participate in Al’s Pals. This project is also coordinated with Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula Coalition and the Virginia Star Quality Initiative.
Pre-school Monart Visual Art Enrichment Alternatives teaches young children to recognize the five basic elements of shape and use them to create realistic artwork. Participation in Monart increases children’s creative problem solving skills, focus, hand/eye coordination, and sequencing. Recognition of the elements of shape supports letter formation and literacy skills. In addition to teaching young children, Alternatives provides Draw and Learn workshops to early childhood teachers.