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
» 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.
- 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.
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.