Provider Snapshots – Teachers & Providers

Working with young children is fun, but it is tough business. You work from dawn to dusk–you’re a teacher, counselor, chef, gym teacher. You do it all. It can be challenging to meet all of the standards expected of you. Seeing how others approach the task might give you fresh ideas. Learn how three child care providers in Baltimore, MD care for children and meet standards for healthy food, active play, and screen time. 


How Do YOU Implement Healthy Habits in Your Program?

Maybe your approach to serving healthy foods exceeds federal standards. Perhaps you’re a family child care provider without a lot of outdoor space—but you routinely take the children in your care to a local park or playground so they can get an hour or more of active play time. Or have you established a written policy about the amount and type of screen time allowed? Let us know how you promote healthy, active living.

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Meet Celeste! Celeste Joyner is a family child care provider. She’s an accomplished cook, and is passionate about serving the children in her program the healthiest, freshest foods. Watch her in action.


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Margo Sipes’s philosophy is that children are whole-body learners — they learn by moving. The center she directs gives kids two hours of outdoor play a day, plus plenty of indoor movement, too. Keep up with them if you can!


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Meet Patricia! Patricia Crosby has run her family child care business for four years. Her mission is to serve the children and families in her neighborhood — and that means 12-hour days caring for some very energetic and lovable kids. Experience a day in her life.


Watch Patricia's Story



Why are Healthy Eating, Active Play, and Screen Time Standards Important?


Play time, nutritious foods, and limited time in front of a screen are essential for healthy development.
Yet 60% of children attend programs in states that lack standards. Check out these resources, for more information:

What are the National Standards? What are the Standards in Each State?


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Where Can I Find Resources on Messaging and Advocacy for Healthy Active Living Standards?


Get more information on our Healthy Habits videos here.

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