National Resource Center (NRC) for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

The second edition of Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs is the new set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity and screen time for early care and education programs (adapted from Caring For Our Children, 3rd edition).

Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children

Rise of Childhood ObesityThe Rise of Childhood Obesity Statement from The American Academy of Pediatrics

This document was prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the Senate Subcommittee on Competition, Foreign Commerce and Infrastructure.

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Helpful tips for child care providers to reduce the amount of time children in your care spend in front of a screen (such as a television, computer, or mobile device). Facts on why reducing screen time can help prevent obesity in young children are included, and share them with the families of the children for whom you care. You will be instilling healthy behaviors that will influence children’s healthy choices for a lifetime.

NRC Motion Moments videos

Motion Moments videos will show you a few simple ways to weave physical activity into your current early care and education program in either a child care center or family child care home working with infants, toddlers or preschoolers.

NCR Achieving a State of Healthy Weight: 2012 Update (June 2013)

NCR Achieving a State of Healthy Weight Rating Scales: Supporting Obesity Prevention Language in Child Care Licensing Regulations (May 2013)

These reports present the findings of the annual national assessment of the child care regulations in all fifty states and the District of Columbia relative to newly revised expert consensus-defined and evidence-based best practices encompassed in Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs: Selected Standards from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition.

Child Nutrition Webinar for Parents – Once you click on the link and register you’ll have access to the webinar.

NRC Juice Tip Sheet

Give Your Kids the Best! Water keeps kids hydrated best. Replacing sweetened drinks, including 100% juice, with water is healthy and free.

NCR Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Checklists

Educational checklists parents can use when choosing or observing current settings at their child care setting. Parents can also use them to check what they are doing at home as well!

Resources for Parents

NCR Resouces For Parents and Guardians

Nutrition Checklist Enligsh | Spanish

Physical Checklist English | Spanish

Child Care Food Program (CCFP)

The Child Care Food Program and two related programs, the After-school Nutrition Program and the Homeless Children Nutrition Program, are administered by the Bureau of Childcare Food Programs. 

MyPlate-Media-homeUSDA’s MyPlate Nutrition and Physical Activity Website

A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy: Preschool Lesson Plans for the Child Care Food Program

12 easy-to-follow lesson plans to child care providers

Snack Smart and Move More

In an effort to reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity, Florida citizens are being encouraged to choose healthy snacks and to participate in regular physical activity. This is the Snack Smart and Move More Campaign Kit which is being distributed to key program staff in public schools, health departments, area health education centers (AHECs), WIC clinics, Cooperative Extension offices, child day care centers, Area Agencies on Aging, elder nutrition service provider agencies, and food stamp offices throughout the state.

Lesson Plans, Children’s Books and Music!

Infant and Child Nutrition – menu and meal pattern guidance

Infant / Child Nutrition info for parents

Breastfeeding-friendly childcare centers

Breastfed babies and their moms who breastfeed them experience lasting health benefits. Providing a breastfeeding friendly atmosphere at your child care center can encourage moms to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or school.

Breastfeeding Support – Is Your Center Breastfeeding Friendly? 

Complete the child care center self-assessment to find out if your child care center qualifies. If your center meets all six standards and has a breastfeeding policy, you may qualify to receive the Florida CCFP Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center designation.

Breastfeeding and Work: A Guide for Working Mothers

As more moms go back to work soon after their babies are born, they are thinking about ways to balance work and breastfeeding.

Why Breastfeeding is Best for You and Your Baby

Breastfeeding is the key to good health for mothers and babies.

Breastfeeding When You’re Going Back to Work
Pediatricians recommend that babies be given only breast milk for the first 6 months of life.

Promoting Healthy Habits Right From the Start

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, recommends that child care centers: 1) promote breastfeeding, 2) provide healthy meals and snacks that meet the Dietary Guidelines, 3) serve meals family-style to be responsive to children’s hunger and fullness cues, and 4) teach children about healthy eating and physical activity.

BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen

This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart. Use this calculator for children and teens, aged 2 through 19 years old.

Children’s BMI Tool for Schools

The Children’s BMI Tool for Schools is an Excel spreadsheet intended for use by school, child care, and other professionals who want to compute Body Mass Index (BMI)-for-age for a group of up to 2000 children, for example a school class room or grade.


Color Me Healthy Sing & Dance

Color Me Healthy music gets children up and moving to a fun and happy beat. Download songs (MP3 format) and lyrics (PDFs) and dance to the tune of Color Me Healthy!

Access the MP3’s and Lyrics here.

Resources from the Centers for Disease Control:

CSPAP_cover_150X195CDC Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools

CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

 CDC Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

 CDC Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

Registered Dietitian Sheila Simpson Tips for Kids Healthy Eating

Healthy Lunch Ideas You Can Pack For School:  English | Spanish

Kids Say Yes to Fruits and Veggies: English | Spanish

Is Your Kid A Picky Eater? English | Spanish