Author: Krista Scott

Policies that Support Breastfeeding in Child Care Facilities

Helping children get off to a good, healthy start in life is one of the hallmarks of quality child care. It makes sense that quality child care programs would have policies in place that support good infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding. There are many reasons that child care should support breastfeeding families: Opportunities for family… Read more »

Payment Rates, Nutrition Labels and More: CACFP Implementation Resources

Establishing healthy habits in early childhood is critical to the early care and education setting.  The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is an important part of shaping the meals and snacks that child care providers serve for children and staff of all ages.  New documents and training resources have recently been released by… Read more »

Attention: Child Care Staff – Sign up for Health Round-Up News

Are you interested in health news as it relates to child care? Health Round-Up is a monthly subscription-based newsletter for child care staff, family child care providers, and state-level ECE stakeholders. The newsletter contains four key items: Health news and information “Research Round-up,” a selection of recent research related to child care and health. Includes… Read more »

Honoring Health Equity Day: What is Child Care’s Role?

Today is Health Equity Day, an opportunity to explore how child care plays an instrumental role in ensuring that all are afforded the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. We know that children’s health is shaped by their environments—where they live, what they eat, how much they play, and if they have access… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Bring Out the Best in Your Children

Spotlight On Bring Out the Best in Your Children The Problem Parents play a key role in shaping their children’s behavior. It can be rewarding, but it can also be very difficult One Solution This guide, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, presents 11 key concepts parents can apply in day-to-day life to influence their children’s… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on the Kennedy Child Study Center (KCSC)

Spotlight Kennedy Child Study Center, New York, NY The Problem The center is located in an East Harlem community with the highest obesity rate in New York City. Many KCSC families and staff have high rates of obesity and diabetes. The Solution Introduce a Healthy and Active Living Pr ogram (HALP) for children, families, and… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Getting Fluoride for Your Child

Spotlight on Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles: Getting Fluoride for Your Child The Problem Some families avoid serving their children tap water because they question whether fluoridated water is safe to drink. One Solution Consumer education about oral health has been posted on The Early Childhood Health and Wellness portal of the Early Childhood Learning… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Yolanda Gilbert

Spotlight Yolanda Gilbert, Dolores’ House for Little People, Sheboygan, WI The Problem Too many of our children grow up on a steady diet of fast food and inactivity. The Solution Model exercise and good-for-you foods. How She Did It Yolanda Gilbert was in a thrift store when she spotted a miniature version of a popular… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Nutrition Education

Spotlight Nutrition Education: Resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website. The Problem If families or child care staff lack knowledge about good nutrition, it can affect the overall health of the children they care for. Some Solutions The Early Childhood Health and Wellness portal on ECLKC has an entire web page… Read more »

Helping Children Deal with Stress

2016 was in many ways, a year of big changes; 2017 will bring a lot of change too. As adults, we have developed ways to cope with stress and change—some of them healthy, like talking to friends, taking walks or runs, reading, playing or watching sports or deep breathing and meditation.  We see these all… Read more »

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