Resources

If you are interested in child care and early childhood education, you've come to the right place!Ensuring that children grow and thrive is an essential part of a child care provider's job. Feeding infants appropriately, serving well-balanced meals and snacks, preparing and serving foods safely, providing regular opportunities for children to be physically active, and teaching healthy habits are all important ways that child care providers can support healthy eating and physical activity, and reduce the risk of childhood obesity in our youngest children.

Related Obesity Prevention Programs

  • Care About Child Care helps parents find quality child care in Utah. It also gives child care providers an opportunity to showcase the qualities of their facilities. Find valuable resources about child development, school readiness, and nutrition too!
  • Healthier CACFP Award The Healthier CACFP Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Child care centers taking steps to improve the nutrition, physical activity, nutrition education, and/or environment for children in their care can apply to win an award in one or more of these categories. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors.

Physical Activity

  • One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active!—Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers, a curriculum that helps child care providers working in local programs make sure young children are physically active.
  • Head Start One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active! curriculum.
  • I am Moving, I am Learning A proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. IMIL seeks to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity, improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day.
  • Get Moving Today Activity Calendar.

Nutrition

Breast Feeding

Wellness Resources

  • Healthier CACFP Award The Healthier CACFP Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Child care centers taking steps to improve the nutrition, physical activity, nutrition education, and/or environment for children in their care can apply to win an award in one or more of these categories. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors.
  • Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education - includes best practices for nutrition and physical activity for Child care settings.
  • CACFP Wellness Resources for Child Care Providers helps providers meet the recommendations from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). The HHFKA of 2010 encourages child care providers to promote health and wellness in child care through nutrition, physical activity and limited electronic media use.
  • KidsHealth If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.