Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies


Connecticut State Department of Education; 2010.

The Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies 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




The goal of these policies and practices is to create an environment that consistently supports children’s health and learning by:


          • providing clear and consistent messages that explain and reinforce healthy eating and physical activity habits;
          • helping children learn to make healthy lifestyle choices;
          • providing developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant nutrition education;
          • providing quality physical education and daily opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity; and
          • supporting and engaging families in promoting healthy habits.

The action guide includes best practices for promoting healthy eating and physical activity for children in child care from infancy through school age, based on current science, public health research, and national recommendations and standards. It can be used in a variety of settings, including Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) facilities (centers, family day care homes, at-risk afterschool centers and emergency shelters); Head Start centers; School Readiness programs; child care programs; early care and education programs; licensed centers; school-based preschool programs; and afterschool programs. It can also be used by sponsoring agencies, community organizations, local early childhood coordinating councils, municipalities and other groups interested in improving nutrition and physical activity practices in child care and education settings.

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