Wellness Policy Resources for Child CareModel Policies for Creating a Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment in Child Care Settings (PDF | 915 KB)
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.
This manual provides guidance on developing model nutrition and physical activity policies for child care facilities. It includes examples of best-practice policies, tips to implement policies and materials to share with parents.
Wellness in Alaska Child Care: Best Practices (PDF | 10.6 MB)
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.
The Wellness in Alaska Child Care (WIACC) grant was a comprehensive project designed to provide child care staff with training that would result in children adopting lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.
Nemours Child Care Wellness Policy Workbook (PDF | 5.35 MB)
Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative.
Workbook with step-by-step instructions for developing written policies for child care programs in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.
Child Care Food Program Wellness Tool Kit
Food Research and Action Center.
This toolkit is for advocates, state child care subsidy, CACFP and licensing agencies, state and local health promotion and obesity prevention initiatives, child care providers, policy makers and other key stakeholders. The tool kit focuses on innovative and effective CACFP best practices and strategies for implementing good nutrition and physical activity policies and standards at the state and local level.
CHOICE: Creating Healthy Opportunities in Child Care Environments (PDF | 2.6 MB)
Contra Costa Child Care Council.
This manual provides a Nutrition and PA self assessment tool for centers and Family child care homes, combined with a set of best practices to facilitate development and implementation of site specific nutrition and physical activity policies. Also available in Spanish.
Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
Connecticut State Department of Education.
Provides a variety of resources to assist child care providers with wellness initiatives.
Let's Move Child Care
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Nemours Foundation.
Provides a variety of nutrition and physical activity resources for child care providers.
Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
Connecticut State Department of Education; 2010.
The action guide is intended to help local and community child care, early education and afterschool programs establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles in children.
Healthy Bites: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Nutrition
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Healthy Bites focuses on healthy eating, nutrition environments and on strengthening the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern. The guides are based on current science, public health research and national recommendations.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child-Care NAP SACC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program is a research-tested intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care by improving the nutritional quality of food served, the amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and related environmental characteristics.
Ready, Set, Go! Creating and Maintaining a Wellness Environment in Child Care Centers Participating in the CACFP (PDF | 2.67 KB)
National Food Service Management Institute.
This best practice resource is a self-assessment checklist designed for child care directors who are implementing or assessing wellness practices in child care centers participating in the CACFP.
Keeping Children Healthy in California’s Child Care Environments Recommendations to Improve Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity
California Department of Education.
This resource provides policy recommendations guided by input from the Child Care Strategic Assessment Advisory Group. The aim of the Policy recommendations is to create healthier preschool, child care, and after school environments.
Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool (WellCCAT) (PDF | 1.59 KB)
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
The WellCCAT provides a standard method for the quantitative assessment of nutrition, physical activity, and wellness policies written in parent handbooks, staff handbooks, and in other child care center policy documents.