Let's Move for Child Care Programs!

On June 8th the First Lady announced  the "Let's Move! Child Care to Ensure  Healthy Start for Youngest Children."  The Let's Move website has had some great ideas, wonderful resources and even competitions!  And now engaging child care and have specific resources for the younger child is incredibly helpful.  Even engaging Bright Horizons to immediately get the program instituted.

One in five children are obese by age 6.  It definitely makes sense to give child care providers the tools to try and affect this trend and of course the parents need to be educated too, which Let's Move, Child Care also tries to accomplish.  Any ideas on how they can bridge the two better?

This is the checklist the First Lady encourages all day care facilities and home-based providers to commit to (taken directly from the White House Press Release):

  • Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
  • Screen Time: No screen time for children under 2 years.  For children age 2 and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day, the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style when possible, and no fried foods.
  • Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and do not serve sugary drinks.  For children age two and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6 ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
  • Infant feeding:  For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions about infant feeding.

What are the resources provided by the Nemours foundation?

  • Healthy Eating: Strategies for Healthy Eating and then links to tools to help
  • Physical Activity:  Short and "doable" suggestions to keep the kids moving, where to play, what to play, and info on screen time, as well as links to additional resources
  • Inspiration:  find out what is working for others and a comprehensive resource center which has checklists, "job aids," video links, games and activities and more!
  • Change your World: find out what practices are already being instituted, see presentations, find out the policies that affect you and the children in your care and more.

Check it out and start having some jumping, shaking, dancing, moving fun!

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.