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Small Tots Nurture Our Planet with Big Amounts of TLCJune 16, 2021
Ed Barr, Redeemer Health’s Director of Environmental Services, and Maggie Riveria, Director of Redeemer Health’s Child Care Center, have joined together to inspire a small, but mighty, squad—the children of the Redeemer Health Child Care Center—to nurture the earth and adopt environmentally friendly habits.
Through a special program, Ed and Maggie teach each pint-sized environmentalist to identify which materials are recyclable and make their own recycling box. The children engage in single stream recycling, a method in which materials are placed in one bin that can then be effectively sorted at a waste center. “It is so important to educate the next generation and give them the tools to protect the planet we live on,” says Ed.
“Raising children to be conscious about the environment will normalize this beneficial behavior into their adulthood,” says Maggie. “Implementing this program is such a simple yet impactful way to change the world. We want to show the children that change starts here at Redeemer Health Child Care Center.”
The recycling program has indeed become a beloved part of the children’s curriculum, so much so that according to Ed and Maggie plans are in motion to roll it out into the wider community. “We want to see change, and we want to be part of that change,” says Ed. “Reduce, reuse, recycle has been the anthem for protecting our environment, and we want that to live on for as long as possible.”
The Holy Redeemer Child Care Center is certified as an Eco Healthy Child Care Facility through the Children Environmental Health Network. Additionally, it is distinguished by a STAR 4 rating from the Keystone STARS early learning quality initiative, a continuous quality improvement learning initiative for early learning programs. If you are a Redeemer Health employee interested in enrolling your child, call 215-938-3382 for an application.