Center for Public Health Nutrition

Let’s Move! Child Care: Physical Activity

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Online STARS Training

"Let’s Move! Child Care: Physical Activity" is a free online training course developed and maintained by state-approved trainers* at the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition. This course provides information for early childhood professionals about the importance of providing physical activity to the toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-5) in their care. The material in this training has been adapted from the Let’s Move! Child Care training on physical activity.

Course Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how physical activity affects child health and why physical activity is important in child care.
2. Describe the evidence-based standards for physical activity in child care.
3. Apply new strategies to improve physical activity practices and policies in your child care program.
4. Talk to parents about the importance of physical activity for children at home.

STARS Credits*

One (1) STARS continuing education hour in Health, Safety & Nutrition can be earned by completing the Let’s Move! Child Care: Physical Activity online training.


This online training is made freely available to early childhood professionals thanks to support from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health.


Link to the online training


*State-approved trainers are identified by Washington’s Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT). MERIT is an online professional development tool for early care & education and school-age professionals that is owned and operated by the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and manages State Training and Registry System (STARS) training. All trainings and trainers listed in MERIT are state-approved for STARS training.

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