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Resources to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in child care programs.

Little Boy Picking ApplesNutrition 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.

Nutrition Resources

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.

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.

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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