Partners of the Plan News:
Cheney Sets Policy for Healthy After School Care

AfterSchoolSportsThe City of Cheney adopted a healthy child care policy for before and after school care programs in Parks & Recreation child care centers. Dané Standish, Cheney’s Community Obesity Prevention Coordinator, worked with regional partners and public health champions to set guidelines for nutrition, physical activity and screen time. “We were already following recommended practice, but we wanted a written policy,” says Standish.

With this new policy, now in a pilot phase, Cheney Parks & Recreation decided to go above and beyond the minimum licensing regulations for nutrition and physical activity set by Washington Administrative Codes (WACs). They selected guidelines from Caring for Our Children and the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Standish says, “In developing the policy, we also looked to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) physical activity-related standards for guidance on age-appropriateness, as well as components like stretching, balance, safety and cooperation. We want to make it as easy as possible for the kids to be active.”

Standish will train all of the city’s child care staff. The three-part training includes two modules on nutrition and one that combines physical activity with screen time reduction. Standish developed the training so that it was not only fun and engaging, but also hands-on, so that staff get to practice teaching themselves. “That way our staff knows exactly what they need to be doing,” she says. “Once we get the staff on board with these policies, then it is all about playing with the kids and going outside and running around. I was lucky that all of the staff were really excited.”

Standish also regularly seeks the input of children in conversations about healthy eating. “They love it when we ask them what they want,” she says. “We are planning taste tests with fruits and vegetables with the theme of traveling around the world. The kids will get passports and get to taste things from different regions – like papayas, kiwis, figs and olives. Then they’ll take home a sheet with fun facts and easy recipes.”

Partners

Empire Health Foundation
Eastern Washington University
Let’s Move Cheney Coalition
Associated Students of Eastern Washington University
City of Cheney
Cheney School District

Plan Objectives Addressed

Target Audience

Child care centers and after school programs

Region

City of Cheney

For More Information:
  • Dané Standish, Community Obesity Prevention Coordinator, City of Cheney, 509-570-2935