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.

These resources can enhance your curricula and professional development as you strive to incorporate more healthy goals into your family child care program.

Curricula and Lesson Plan Ideas
Professional Development and Trainings

Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Modules: Penn State University’s Better Kid Care program and the CDC have partnered to create Childhood Obesity Prevention training and an opportunity for providers to obtain CEUs. The training is in six lessons: 1) Introduction, 2) Increase Physical Activity, 3) Limit Screen Time, 4) Offer Healthy Beverages, 5) Serve Healthy Food, and 6) Support Infant Feeding.
To participate:
1. Visit Better Kid Care Web Lessons
2. Create an account and sign in
3. Select the title of the lesson; they start with “Childhood Obesity Prevention”

CARE Connection: Happy Mealtime Lessons teaches family child care providers how to create positive mealtime experiences.

Family Child Care FUNdamentals can be taught in one-hour intervals or in a seven-hour workshop to assist family child care providers to promote health and wellness in their child care home.

Community Resources

Child Care Aware of America provides tools and resources to support child care providers, as well as assist individuals interested in opening a family child care home or center.

Important Safety Rules To Teach Children: This resource was developed to provide parents with ideas to teach young kids essential safety rules to help them protect themselves in different situations growing up.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education helps child care providers promote healthy and safe child care and early education programs.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization that works with family child care providers to promote family child care and strengthen the profession as a whole.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursements to licensed family child care providers for serving healthy and nutritious foods to children. CACFP family child care resources include: