Site Specific Resources: Early Care and Education (Early Childhood) Initiatives
below are information and references to address physical activity and
nutrition in the childcare setting.
Wisconsin children's future health and well being are directly related
to the development and strengthening of their large and small muscles,
involvement in sensory experiences, and practicing of healthy behavior.
The Department of Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Obesity
Prevention Program supports the developmental expectation that children in
Wisconsin will be physically healthy and will be able to effectively care
for their own physical needs. This site contains information and tools to
support childcare, preschool, Head Start, early childhood special
education and four and five year old kindergarten programs to provide
developmentally appropriate, increasingly complex and diverse
opportunities for children to understand and care for their physical
Works in Early Care and Education (Child care) (PDF,
207 KB) - A two-page summary of evidence-based and promising
strategies that focus on helping preschool children eat healthier and be
more active in the child care setting.
The Active Early and Healthy Bites Resource Kits have been
designed to provide resources for providers, parents, and educators to use
in the efforts to reduce childhood obesity and children's risk for
developing obesity by encouraging a healthy early care and education
environment through targeting providers, parents and educators in
Wisconsin. The resource kits are designed to provide low-cost, no cost
strategies and resources to providers, parents, educators to promote
physical activity and good nutrition in early childhood. It also seeks to educate providers,
parents, and educators about the importance of healthy living to support
positive role modeling and their individual wellness.
Early - Complete
Resource Kit (PDF, 8.4 MB)
This kit focuses primarily on physical
activity and has been developed to support a healthier environment
for children in the
Early Care and Education setting. A
Spanish version (PDF, 8.1 MB)is also
available. Links to specific
chapters can be accessed below:
Healthy Bites - Complete
Resource Kit (PDF, 5.3 MB)
This kit focuses primarily on nutrition and has been developed to support a
healthier environment for children in the Early Care and Education
Spanish version is also available (PDF, 20.3 MB).
Links to specific chapters can be accessed
Assessment Tool List
Materials for Implementation
Dirt? is a program designed to assist with the
implementation of school, community, and child care
Got Veggies? is a garden-based nutrition education curriculum created
with the goal of getting children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Got Veggies? features seven full lesson plans that are aligned with Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Nutrition, Health, Science, and other
related subjects. A series of shorter garden-based activities are
also included, as well as fun recipes and helpful tips for cooking and
eating in the garden. This curriculum provides an all around great
way to nurture students’ interest in growing and eating fresh fruits and
See the Active Early and Healthy Bites
resources for evaluation materials.
- YoungStar (exit DHS)
program of the Department of Children and Families created to improve the
quality of child care for Wisconsin children by evaluating and rating
the quality of care given by child care providers.
- Institute of Medicine
(exit DHS) - Early Childhood Obesity Prevention
Policies - In this report, the IOM recommends actions that
healthcare professionals, caregivers, and policymakers can take to prevent
obesity in children five and younger.
Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers
(PDF, 964 KB) - A resource kit to
assist child care providers and community groups to implement strategies
to promote, protect and support breastfeeding women.
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April 25, 2014