Giving child care and early education providers the tools to help children develop healthy habits for life.

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State & Local Leaders

CHILD CARE &
EARLY EDUCATION
PROVIDERS

Focus on five goals to develop healthy habits.

Trainers

CHILD CARE &
EARLY EDUCATION
PROVIDERS

Focus on five goals to develop healthy habits.

State & Local Leaders
Trainers

HEALTHY KIDS
ARE HAPPY KIDS

Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity: schools, faith-based and community-based organizations, parents, and officials from all levels of government. Most young children spend time during the day in child care and early education programs, family child care settings or in preschool. Providers have a great opportunity to help children by incorporating five healthy goals in their programs.

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GOAL:

Reduce Screen Time


Best Practices

  • Limit screen time to 30 minutes a week or less for preschoolers during child care.
  • Screen time for toddlers and babies should be limited to four times or less a year, preferably none, in child care.
  • Provide media literacy education to parents of preschoolers at least twice a year.

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GOAL:

Provide Healthy Beverages


Best Practices

  • Drinking water should be available inside and outside for self-serve.
  • Children two years and older should be served skim or non-fat milk.
  • 100% fruit juice should be limited to no more than 4-6 oz per day.
  • Sugary drinks (sports drinks, sweet tea, soda) should never be offered.

Featured Resources

  • Read Potter the Otter (e-book in English and Spanish) to your children about an otter who loves water.
  • Download this Water and Juice Tip Sheet (PDF) with guidelines for serving water and juice, and share with parents.

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GOAL:

Get Kids Moving


Best Practices

  • Preschoolers need two or more hours of active play time every day.
  • Toddlers should have at least an hour of active play time each day.
  • Babies should have short periods of “tummy time” every day.

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GOAL:

Nurture Healthy Eaters


Best Practices

  • A fruit or vegetable should be served to toddlers and preschoolers at every meal.
  • Chips, french fries and other fried potatoes should be offered once a month or less.
  • Chicken nuggets, fish sticks and fried meats should be offered once a month or less.
  • All meals to preschoolers should be served family-style.

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GOAL:

Support Breast Feeding


Best Practice

  • Breastfeeding mothers should be provided a private area for breastfeeding or pumping.

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How do we keep kids healthy?

Reduce
Screen
Time
Provide
Healthy Beverages
Get
Kids Moving
Nurture
Healthy Eaters
Support
Breast
Feeding