Healthy Early Care and Education
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessments
Find out what your child care program is currently doing well and what you can improve by filling out these nutrition and physical activity self-assessment checklists.
- Go NAP SACC!
Self-Assessment checklists available include Child Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Outdoor Play, Screen Time and Infant/Child Physical Activity. Specific checklists for centers or family-based child care programs are available.
- Let's Move!Child Care
Take the Let's Move! Child Care checklist quiz to rate your program on healthy best practices. Once you meet all best practices, you will get a Completion Certificate and your center will be listed on the Map of Recognized Providers.
Many children eat most of their daily meals and snacks while in child care and early education programs. Here are some resources to help you improve the nutrition environment at your child care program.
- New Hampshire Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Whether you are a provider in your home, at a child care center, or in an afterschool program, you will find many useful resources for serving nutritious meals and snacks here.
- Nurture Healthy Eaters
Kid-friendly healthy recipes for snacks and meals, menu planning guides, healthy eating tips, shopping lists and more.
Physical Activity Resources
Although they may seem to be active and energetic, most children do not get the amount of physical activity they need. These resources can help you keep the children in your care active throughout the day.
- Provide Opportunities for Active Play Every Day
Information on amounts of physical activity recommended for children, as well as ideas to keep kids moving.
- I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL)
Check out this video of IMIL in action!
- Get Kids Moving
Resources to help your child care program increase the amount of physical activity provided to the children in your care.
- Best Practices for Physical Activity: A Guide to Help Children Grow Up Healthy
This guide provides physical activity guidelines for children birth through 18 years of age, rationale for the guidelines and sample child care physical activity policies.
Creating or Improving Wellness Policies in Child Care Programs
From the largest center to the smallest family-based home, child care programs can easily develop and implement a wellness policy. Use these resources for tips and ideas.
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Wellness Resources for Child Care Providers
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 encourages child care providers to promote health and wellness in child care through nutrition and physical activity. This site is dedicated to helping providers find the resources they need to meet recommendations in these areas.
- Let's Grow, NH! Toolkit
The Let's Grow! NH Toolkit is a list of up to date information and tools to guide policy and practice development for child care programs, communities, families, schools and stakeholders.
- Caring for Our Children Standards
Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs is the new set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and education programs.
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