Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan:
Early Care and
The Early Care and Education setting is unique because children 0-5
years old spend an average of 31 hours per week in regulated care. There
are over 170,000 Wisconsin children in regulated care. Additionally,
healthy eating and physical activity habits form early in life. Thus, work
in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) system is important and
this section will provide you with ideas and resources to impact this key
Creating Healthy Childcare Environments Can Make a Difference.
(Jill Hoiting, Supporting Families Together
Carmody, Department of Children and Families)
Care and Education Strategies
objectives and full list of strategies for implementation in
the Early Care
and Education setting.
supportive nutrition and physical activity environments in
regulated childcare through state-level policy change.
the nutritional quality of meals and snacks served in regulated
physical activity levels of children in regulated care through
structured, teacher-led and unstructured physical
& sustain breastfeeding of infants in regulated care.
Success Story Video
Kids Depot Childcare Gets Moving (Madison, WI)
This is a pre school that moves! Center staff at Kids Depot have
found innovative ways to infuse physical activity throughout the
day--even using transition times!
Care and Education Resources for ideas and materials to
implement the key strategies such as the Active Early and Healthy
Bites Resource kits. Examples of resources includes:
- More than 170,000 Wisconsin children are in regulated care.¹
- Early childhood obesity dramatically increases a child's
chances of becoming an obese adult and increases risk for many
chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- 31% of children ages 2-4 (participating in the WisconsinWIC Program)
are reported as being overweight or obese.
- Children in regulated care can spend upwards of 2/3 of their
waking hours in the care of someone other than a parent.
¹ 2010 Wisconsin Census data and
of Children and Families
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June 28, 2013