Early Care and Education
Healthy child development depends on eating nutritious food and being physically active every day. This is especially important during early childhood when young children are rapidly building their brains and bodies. The Center for Public Health Nutrition has developed a variety of early childhood-focused trainings, tools, publications, and research to support environments that make it easy for young children to be active and develop healthy eating habits. Current focus areas include:
Trainings for Early Care and Education Professionals:
- Let’s Move! Child Care Healthy Eating Module – A new online training module provides information for early childhood educators on ways to provide healthy beverages and food to the children in their care. This training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.
- Media Aware Child Care – An online training module that provides information for early childhood professionals on ways to reduce the amount of time children spend in front of screens. Since 2011, nearly 500 individual have completed this training. This training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.
Other Training Materials
- Washington Active Bodies Active Minds (WAABAM) - A variety of field-tested training materials to ensure that environments for children ages 2-5 encourage minimum screen time and maximum physical activity are available on WAABAM.
Tools and Resources:
- Healthy Policies Toolkit (coming soon) - Developing a resource for early care and education professionals, with a Self-Assessment Checklist, model polices, and action planning worksheets to support implementation of program policies based on nutrition and physical activity best practice standards.
- Washington Active Bodies Active Minds (WAABAM) – Information and resources for early childhood educators, teachers and parents. The online Media Aware Child Care training can be accessed via this website.
- Powerful Choices Curriculum – Activities and lesson plans designed for summer and afterschool programs to encourage 3rd-6th graders to reduce screen time, increase physical activity, and become more aware of advertising pitched to their age group.
Early Care and Education Issue Briefs:
- Child Care & Obesity Prevention Issue Briefs – Five issue briefs highlight the importance of child care in obesity prevention efforts and outlining best practices and policy strategies. June 2009 and August 2010
- New briefs in development - New issue briefs will address key issues such as readiness to learn and cost effectiveness related to nutrition, physical activity, and screen time reduction best practice standards in early care and education.