Wellness Policy Resources for Child Care

Eat Smart, Child Care

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.


Model Policies for Creating a Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment in Child Care Settings (PDF | 914.8 MB)

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

Guidance for developing nutrition and physical activity policies for child care facilities. Includes sample policies, implementation tips, and materials to share with parents.


Model 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.

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


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.


Healthy Bites: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Nutrition

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

A guide for improving nutrition in the child care environment. Also available in Spanish (PDF | 20.29 MB).


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.


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.


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.


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.