Child Care 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.
- Let’s Move! Child Care a nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care providers, like you, to help young children develop healthy habits. Committing to serve healthier foods and promote physical activity at every age is a win-win situation for your staff, the families, and the children. Start participating today!
- 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!
- The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses child care facilities for serving nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children who are in need. Visit CACFP’s website to find out if your child care facility is eligible to participate.
- eXtension Alliance provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is committed to supporting quality child care nationwide. Visit eXtension Alliance to find resources and information about quality child care.
- 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.
- Team Nutrition Menu Cycles 5 weeks of recipes and resources, to assist child care providers in serving healthy meals that are cost effective, easy to prepare, and appealing to children.
- Fruits and Vegetable Lessons for Preschool Children were developed for use as a hands-on, stand-alone curriculum for anyone wanting to encourage preschool children to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.
- CACFP Wellness Resources for Child Care Providers helps providers meet the reommendations from the Heaalthy, 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.
- Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for CACFP will provide tip sheets focused on nutrition, physical activity, and screen time recommendations and include hands-on activities.
- Breasfeeding support videos created by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon in partnership with the Indiana Perinatal Network: