Child Care Center in Norwich is seeking support for a fleet of 18 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
"We are a small preschool and childcare center in Norwich VT. We serve approximately 65 children, ages 5 weeks to age 7 (in our afterschool program). Currently, our preschoolers, ages 4 and 5, are riding tricycles that have been donated to our Center over the years. All of them are ready to be using balance bikes, and we are eager to meet and challenge our children physically “where they’re at,” on the growing edge of their gross motor development.
We have a small bike track on our property that is perfect for the balance bikes, as well as a full-fledged pump track at a nearby town recreational field named “Huntley Meadow.” It will be wonderful to take a field trip to the Meadow and introduce children to mountain biking; we can coordinate with the mountain bike club at the local school so that our young ones can see the “big kids” ride and navigate more difficult terrain.
As well, we can use the bikes with our kindergarten and 1st graders in our After School program which is held on site every weekday from 3-5PM. These children will love having this additional activity in their afternoons in the fall and spring seasons. Parents of our 4-7 year olds will undoubtedly appreciate the introduction of balance bikes--and accompanying instruction on safety protocols, helmet use, safe riding habits, etc. -- to our program. We will work alongside parents to “prime” children for riding two wheelers. Our community will celebrate our “balance bikers” with certificates of mastery: we will make a big deal of children’s ability to balance, coast, steer and master their new bikes." - Lisa Sjostrom, Director
All Kids Bike® is a national movement led by the Strider® Education Foundation to place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.