Healthy Child Care & Communities

With a Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities, selected state teams will develop and implement a technical assistance (TA) plan based on the state’s specific needs. CCAoA is especially interested in partnering with teams that consider how their work might support their state plan for child care.

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Symposium Spotlight


 State Spotlights & CCDF Plan Summaries

In Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities, Child Care Aware® of America is working with six state teams to examine opportunities to enhance standards around healthy, active living. Learn more about the six partner states with these state spotlights, and see how they’re including health and wellness in their state CCDF plans.


State State Spotlight Health in CCDF Plans
Alabama PDF PDF
Colorado PDF PDF
Indiana PDF PDF
Missouri PDF PDF
New York PDF PDF
North Carolina PDF PDF


Toolkit for Supporting Healthier Child Care Environments Through State CCDF Plans

We’ve developed these resources to help you educate and inform the public about the opportunity to include health, nutrition, wellness in state child care plans. To make this as easy as possible, we’ve created a toolkit that includes:

  • Recommended Language for CCDF State Plans to Support Creating Healthier Child Care Environments (PDF)
  • Social Media Messages (DOC)
  • Public Hearing Tips (DOC)
  • Letter to the Editor Sample Letter (DOC)
  • Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities Consumer Education Tip Sheet (PDF)

File Description Type
Recommended Language for CCDF State Plans to Support Creating Healthier Child Care Environments Sample language to use in state plans or for making comments to state plans. PDF
Social Media Messages Sample messages for Facebook and Twitter to educate about health, and link to state plans. DOC
Public Hearing Tips Information and guidance on how to successfully participate in the public hearing process for state plans. DOC
Letter to the Editor Sample Letter Sample letter to the editor that describes the need for healthy child care settings. DOC
Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities Consumer Education Tip Sheet Tip sheet for states to create consumer education information on CCDF for parents, providers, and the general public. PDF

Presentations

Presentations conducted by Child Care Aware® of America on health, nutrition, and obesity prevention opportunities in CCDBG:

Public Health Law Center: Child Care Health Regulation Mapping Resources” (VIDEO) – Natasha Frost and Anna Ayers-Looby from the Public Health Law Center share their work on mapping child care health regulations. These resources can be used by state agencies, CCR&Rs and policy makers to identify areas where regulation can strengthen or support health in the child care system.

The CACFP Big Bang Theory: The Importance of Local Advocacy to National Policy” (PDF) – How advocacy work on the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant illustrates the relationship between local practice and advocacy and national advocacy efforts

Healthy Active Living in CCDBG presentation” (PDF) – Information on healthy, active living health opportunities in the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

“Child Nutrition Reauthorization PowerPoint presentation” – Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), Integrity proposed Rules and Revised CACFP Meal Patterns webinar (YouTube) and PowerPoint (PPT) presentations.

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