Maintaining an Active Environment

Let's Move! Child Care- Physical Activities

Let's Move; The Nemours Foundation.

Provides ideas and resources to keep kids moving in child care settings.


Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children From Birth to Age 5

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

NASPE developed specific guidelines for the physical activity of children from birth to age 5 to support its position statement and to address the developing child’s unique characteristics and needs. The guidelines reflect the best thinking of specialists in motor development, movement and exercise about the physical activity needs of young children during the first years of life.


Healthy Tips for Active Play

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Information on how to identify if a child is active enough, tips on raising active children, and why play is so important for children.


Active Early: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Physical Activity (PDF | 8.5 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

A guide for improving physical activity in child care environments. Also available in Spanish (PDF | 11.48 MB).


Let's Move! Child Care (LMCC) Training Modules

Penn State Extension - Better Kid Care.

These free online training modules provide practical strategies for implementing best practices in early care and education (ECE) settings for promoting healthy weight in young children. The modules are also an opportunity for ECE providers to obtain CEUs from Penn State and professional development credits from many states’ licensing and/or quality improvement systems. The training series includes six lessons that cover background information for childhood obesity prevention and the five best practice goals: increase physical activity, limit screen time, offer healthy beverages, serve healthy food and support infant feeding.


Physical Fitness for Toddlers (PDF | 180 KB)

Illinois Early Learning Project.

This tip sheet lists what to expect in terms of physical activity capabilities from children at various stages, and offers activity suggestions.


Mealtime Memo

National Food Service Management Institute.

Two-page fact sheet for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, published six times per year. Includes a wide variety of topics related to child care. Several issues offer tips and information about promoting physical activity in young children. Also available in Spanish.


One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active! Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers

A 3-part curriculum that helps child care providers working in local programs make sure young children are physically active.