Category: Healthy Eating

Health Resource Spotlight: Your Program’s Mealtime Practices—a Quick Self-Assessment

The Problem Other healthy meal self-assessment tools exist, but they focus on detailed best practices related to nutrition and healthy eating environments. They can be complicated and time-consuming. One Solution The Positive Eating Environment Self-Assessment for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs is a brief user-friendly assessment of basic mealtime practices. It is designed to… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: A Water-Loving Otter Named Potter

The Problem The average 4- to 5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, or 65 pounds per year! The majority of that sugar comes from fruit drinks, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy. One Solution A storybook for young children featuring a beloved animal whose loves to drink—and spread the word about… 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 »

Health is Key to School Success

Many parents use August to prepare for the school year and cross many tasks off their list—school supplies, nailing down schedules, new clothes, and converting the family mindset from summer vacation to the school routine. At Child Care Aware® of America, there is one more task. And you should add it to the top of… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Kira Boothe

Spotlight Kira Boothe, Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter & Child Development Program, Phoenix, Arizona The Problem Families can stay at the shelter a maximum of 120 days. What lasting change can the Child Development Program make in young children’s lives? The Solution Introduce the children to fresh, healthy foods and information about the benefits of… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Christina Nelson

Spotlight Christina Nelson, Mountain View Child Care, North Troy, Vermont The Problem How can a child care program provide hands-on outdoor learning experiences that will instill in children a sense of responsibility for, and a connection to, nature? The Solution Scavenger hunts, snowshoeing, and chickens How She Did It Christina’s program has a vegetable garden,… Read more »

To Make Children Healthier, We Need to Help Child Care Providers Get Healthier

Arlington, VA, March 23, 2017 – The effort to reduce the persistent problem of childhood obesity and poor eating habits may be more fully addressed by helping improve the same challenges for those empowered to teach children good habits: child care providers. Child care providers care for and promote the health and wellness of our… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Tatiyana Lipinka

Spotlight Tatiyana Lipinka, Brooklyn Child Care Inc., Brooklyn, NY The Problem A lot of children think they don’t like vegetables. The Solution Prove them wrong through by showing how much fun it is to grow, eat, and play with veggies! How She Did It At Brooklyn Child Care, Tatiyana has created the equivalent of an… Read more »

Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach

Helping children develop good eating habits starts at infancy. New feeding guidelines have been released that can help caregivers know what and how best to feed infants and toddlers. These guidelines help make sure that children are getting enough, but not too much of the right foods, so we can reduce their risk of developing… Read more »

Whole-Grain Rich Foods—What’s That?

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by “whole-grain rich” foods. The new requirements apply to CACFP centers and CACFP participating child care… Read more »

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