Wellness Policy Resources for Child Care

Child Nutrition Program Reports and Studies

Resources regarding reports and studies that have been conducted on Child Nutrition Programs.


Boy eating at child care Menu Planning Tools for Child Care Providers

These menu planning tools were specifically created for child care providers in homes or centers.


Physical Activity: Young Children

Provides physical activity guidelines and curricula for young children as well as various activities and tools for playtime.


Preschool and Child Care Garden Resources

Provides education and training resources for garden activities with young children.


Recipes for Child Care Providers

The recipes in this section are for 25-50 servings, to be served in a child care home or center.


Choking Prevention Choking Prevention

Includes foods associated with choking, what to look for when choosing foods for children and choking prevention tips.


Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (June 2013) Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (June 2013)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Child care providers can create healthier environments for the children in their care with this collection of tip sheets! Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help providers apply the tips to their child care program. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities for children ages 2 through 5 years old, providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.


Eat Smart, Child Care (2016)

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.

Set of nutrition related recommendations and support materials for child care facilities.


Mealtime Minutes - Inspiring Success: Illinois Child Care Wellness Team Nutrition Training Sub-grants (September 2013) Mealtime Minutes - Inspiring Success: Illinois Child Care Wellness Team Nutrition Training Sub-grants (September 2013) (PDF | 3 MB)

Illinois State Board of Education Nutrition and Wellness Programs.

This bonus Mealtime Minutes highlights Work Plans submitted by child care facilities that received an Illinois Child Care Wellness— Team Nutrition Training Sub-grant. It provides many great examples of nutrition and wellness education activities and may be used as a resource to enhance health and wellness efforts at your own child care facilities.


Wellness Policy Self-Assessment for Child Care

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can use this checklist for child care centers or for child care homes to identify wellness policies that may help improve the nutrition and physical activity environment of their facility. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies 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.


Ready, Set, Go! Creating and Maintaining a Wellness Environment in Child Care Centers Participating in the CACFP (2010) Ready, Set, Go! Creating and Maintaining a Wellness Environment in Child Care Centers Participating in the CACFP (2010) (PDF | 2.67 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

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 (2011) Keeping Children Healthy in California’s Child Care Environments Recommendations to Improve Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity (2011)

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.


Rudd Center 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.


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity; Maryland State Department of Education.

Child Care Centers and Preschools:
Model Policy (PDF | 418 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 483 KB)

Family Home Daycare:
Model Policy (PDF | 522 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 469 KB)


NAP SACC 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.


Let's Move Child Care 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.


Child Care Food Program Wellness Tool Kit 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.


Wellness in Alaska Child Care Wellness in Alaska Child Care: Best Practices (November 2012) (3.29 MB)

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

Best practices for healthy eating and physical activity in the child care setting.


Nemours Child Care Wellness Policy Workbook 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.


Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies (June 2010) (PDF | 5.65 MB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

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.


Competencies, Knowledge and Skills for Child Care Providers in CACFP Operations

Institute of Child Nutrition.

This resource can be used as a tool by child care professionals to identify qualified staff for entry level and advanced level positions in the child care setting. It can also be used as a basis for advancing knowledge and skills and to identify training needs of staff. Published 2015.