DMACC Child Development Center Wins 2021 Healthiest State Award

Posted 2/17/2021
The DMACC Child Development Center in Ankeny was announced the winner of the 2021 Healthiest State Large Early Care Award.

 The glassware DMACC’s Child Development Center received for winning the 2021 Healthiest State Large Early Care Award. The DMACC Child Development Center on the DMACC Ankeny Campus was announced as the winner of the 2021 Healthiest State Large Early Care Award during a Virtual Ceremony held on Feb. 16 via Facebook Live (watch recording here).

The award recognized the DMACC Child Development Center for its efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of the children in its care. A Ciccotti art glass and a check for $500 were presented to the Child Development Center by award sponsor Nemours. Pictured with the award and check are DMACC Child Development Specialist Christina Sheets (back row, left to right), holding her 11-month-old son, Sam Sheets; DMACC Child Development Center Coordinator Sherri Sciarrotta; Child Development Specialist Lucinda Williams, holding her one-year-old son, James Williams; and Jude Williams (front row), Lucinda Williams' three-year-old son, holding the check.


The DMACC Child Development Center in Ankeny was announced the winner of the 2021 Healthiest State Large Early Care Award, presented by Nemours, during a virtual ceremony on Feb 16. The award recognizes the DMACC Child Development Center for its efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of the children in its care. 

“We are proud to recognize the DMACC Child Development Center with this award," said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “DMACC not only provides a healthy environment for the children in their care but equips future child care providers with hands-on experience incorporating healthy habits into programming." 

Some noteworthy accomplishments from DMACC Child Development Center include:

  • Implemented a healthy celebration policy and provided a list of non-food treat alternatives for families

  • Planted, cared for and harvested children's herb and vegetable garden and then incorporated produce into taste-testing activities

  • ​Partnered with Prairie Trail Fitness Center to increase access to gross motor activities such as participating in indoor fitness, marching to music and moving through an indoor obstacle course for children during inclement weather

“Our Early Care and Education teachers and staff members work hard to create environments that support healthy eating and active lifestyles for all individuals involved in the child development center," said Sherri Sciarrotta, DMACC Child Development Center Coordinator. “We are excited and honored to receive this award."  

The DMACC Child Development Center offers child care for the children of DMACC faculty, staff and students, based on availability, on days when classes are in session during all three semesters of the academic calendar. The child care, on the Ankeny Campus, is for children as young as eight weeks old to age five. The child care is offered between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer semester. 

DMACC Child Development Center received $500 from Nemours to continue their efforts.

For a full list of 2021 Healthiest State Annual Award winners, visit IowaHealthiestState.com/Awards

The Healthiest State Annual Awards were sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Nemours and HealthPartners UnityPoint Health. Established in 1936 by philanthropist Alfred I. duPont, Nemours is dedicated to improving the health and spirit of every child. Nemours is a children's health system that cares for 250,000 children annually and is one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children's health. To learn more about the Healthiest State Initiative and its programming and events or how you can get involved, visit IowaHealthiestState.com.


For more information, contact: Sherri Sciarrotta, (515) 964-6588, slsciarrotta@dmacc.edu

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