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 below and throughout the site

We hope you find the following resources valuable in achieving healthy goals in your program and meeting new CACFP meal pattern requirements.

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

» Child and Adult Care Food Program: Using the Updated Meal Patterns to Lower Costs

» Local Food Procurement for Family Child Care Fact Sheet

» Making Mealtime in Child Care Pleasant, Easy and Appealing

» USDA Healthy Meals Resource System

» What’s Cooking: A Collection of Recipes From Nebraska


Children’s Activities

» Good For Teeth (PDF)

» Harvest for Healthy Kids: Activity Kits

» Learning About How Foods Grow (PDF)

» Seeds to Veggies (PDF)

» Who Eats Green? (PDF)


Find more information on nurturing healthy eaters.

Serve Healthy Beverages

Children can learn to develop a preference for drinking water and should be in the habit of drinking milk during meals.

Learn more about recent legislation which promotes Healthy Beverages in Child Care.

Find more tips on serving 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.


Administrative Resources

» Active Early: A Guide for Improving Physical Activity (PDF)

» Low to No-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity (PDF)

» Motion Moments (Video)

» Sample Physical Activity Daily Schedule (PDF)

» Small Spaces, Great Ideas (PDF)


Children’s Activities

» Fun Summer Activities for Family Child Care Programs

» Go Smart (App)

» Head Start Body Start Activity Calendar (PDF)

» 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:

» Screen-Free Moments: Promoting Healthy Habits (Video)

» Screen-Time Reduction Toolkit for Child Care Providers (PDF)


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.

» Caregiver’s Guide to the Breastfed Baby

» How to Meet the Needs of Breastfed Babies in Child Care (PDF)

» Is Your Day Care Home Breastfeeding Friendly? Assessment (PDF)

» Sample Family Child Care Home Model Breastfeeding Policy (PDF)


Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and best practices for child care providers.

Success in the Food Program

With generous funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Success in the Food Program materials, resources, and webinars were created by the YMCA Childcare Resource Services in San Diego, California, with support from Nemours Children’s Health System.

With recommendations from local, state, and national partners training materials were created to support family child care home providers in meeting the new CACFP meal pattern requirements effective October 1, 2017.  From March 1 through December 31, 2017, 30 family child care home providers in the South Bay area of San Diego piloted the Success in the Food Program training and provided feedback along the way to refine the materials and resources.