Family Child Care Resources
As a family child care (FCC) provider you are a powerful influence on the children in your care. You create an atmosphere in your home where children can thrive. Modeling healthy habits through your home environment, daily activities, and collaboration with families can make a huge impact on the well-being of the kids you care for.
Integrate best practices of the five healthy goals into your family child care home by:
- taking the self-assessment quiz to identify strengths and areas for improvement
- using hands-on activities and resources found throughout our site
Strive to provide positive and healthy early childhood development in your family child care home by focusing on one or all of these healthy goals:
- Nurture Healthy Eaters
Children form lifelong eating habits based on the kinds of foods served to them when they are young. Learn how to serve healthy food on a budget and find fun food-related activities for kids.
Administrative Resources and Recipes
» Good For Teeth (PDF)
» Seeds to Veggies (PDF)
» Who Eats Green? (PDF)
Find more information on nurturing healthy eaters.
- Serve Healthy Beverages
- Get Kids Moving
Physical activity habits learned in early childhood can last a lifetime. Learn how to incorporate more physical activity into your kids’ schedule, no matter what space you have to work with.
» Motion Moments (Video)
» Go Smart (App)
» Musical Statues (PDF)
Learn more about the benefits and best practices of physical activity.
- Limit Screen Time
Screen time should be limited to no more than 30 minutes a week while in child care, and no screen time for children under age two. Here are some resources to get you started in reducing screen time:
Learn more about limiting screen time.
- Breastfeeding Support
Think about ways to support mothers who are breastfeeding. You can designate a small area for mothers to breastfeed, and work with mothers to create a customized feeding schedule.
Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and best practices for child care providers.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy
Document your family child care nutrition and physical activity policies. Educate parents on how you are creating a healthy environment.
Hundreds of Hands-On Activities
The eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care Database of Hands-On Activities has hundreds of activities which can be used in family child care homes.