Childcare Network #61

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Before Renovation 
Childcare Network #61
After Renovation 
Childcare Network #61
Before Renovation 
OLE before POD Wake Co renovations
After Renovation 
OLE after POD Wake renovations
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Childcare Network #61, in Raleigh, NC, has expanded gardening opportunities through the POD Wake Co program by constructing U-shaped raised beds where the children help tend vegetables in all seasons. The center now has 322 square feet of vegetable gardens. Other additions to the edible landscape are 277 square feet of fruiting shurbs and 5 fruit trees. The children play a role in cooking the produce and enjoy trying new vegetables. A favorite activity is harvesting fresh basil in the garden and using it to make pesto - a snack many had never tried before.

Small trees have been planted to improve existing play settings and to help provide shade in the outdoor learning environment. A five-foot foot wide concrete trike track has increased opportunities for physical activity. In all, a total of $11,000 has been invested at Childcare Network #61 during the course of the POD Wake Co project. In 2015 and 2016, they received a City of Raleigh Urban Agriculture Award.

Outdoor Learning Environment
Project Start Year: 
2013
Childcare Network #61 OLE schematic rendering
Center Information
Center Address: 
4905 Western Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27606
Center Phone Number: 
(919) 851-3612
County: 
Wake
Capacity: 
175
Permit Type: 
Four Star Center License
Center Web Site: 
http://childcarenetwork.com/NorthCarolina-Raleigh-NC-61
Local Partnership for Children
Local Partnership Name: 
Wake County Smart Start
Local Partnership Address: 
4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27606
Local Partnership Phone: 
(919) 851-9550
Local Partnership Web Site: 
http://wakesmartstart.org/