Resource Links

Information on Practice for Child Care Providers

Curriculum

California Department of Education
Nutrition Education Resources: Nutrition education publications and links to information and activities for educators and children.

Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, HHS
Fit Source: This site links child care and afterschool providers to a wide variety of physical activity and nutrition resources. You will find links to activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes, information for parents, and many other downloadable tools that can be used to incorporate physical activity and nutrition into child care and afterschool programs.

First 5 Association California
Curricula & Resources: A review and assessment of curricula and other resources developed to support children ages zero to five and their families. The Association identified the most readily available and widely used resources and convened a group of eight experts and practitioners from across California to review the materials. Representatives from the following organizations participated in this project: UC Berkeley, UC Cooperative Extension, California Resource and Referral Network, Head Start Region IX, California Association of Nutrition & Activity Programs, and the First 5 Association. For each curriculum, we have provided a summary of the resources, their strengths and limitations, an overall assessment of the resources as a whole and recommendations for future work in this area.
Partners & Resources for Child Care Providers

National Food Service Institute, University of Mississippi
Resource Center : The Resource Center of the National Food Service Management Institute provides access to the Institute’s wide array of education and training material, research, newsletters, and other online resources.

National Network for Child Care
Food and Nutrition Activities
Meals and Snacks

UC Berkeley Center for Weight & Health
Tools & Materials

US Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Eat Smart. Play Hard. Healthy Lifestyle!: This site is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help you eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for your kids.

MyPyramid
My Pyramid for Preschoolers: MyPyramid for Preschoolers is for children 2 to 5 years of age. Click on the blue button to get a customized MyPyramid Plan for your preschooler.

Team Nutrition
Nutrition Education: Find activities, games and tips to help you make movement fun and a part of your program.
Recipes and Menu Planning: Look here for the tools you need to help you plan delicious and nutritious meals and snacks children will love.
Physical Activity: Find resources in the National Agricultural Library collection with physical activities for preschool.

Guidelines

Child, Youth and Families Education and Research Network, National Network for Child Care
Best Practices
Creating Contexts for Healthy Eating and Activity Among Young Children: Child Care Focus: This Children, Youth and Families At Risk conference workshop shares research-based obesity prevention strategies that target child care, an important early learning context for many children today. Participants will learn about programs, curriculum and strategies that promote healthy eating and activity in a variety of child-care settings. Preliminary results from ENHANCE (Encouraging Healthy Activity and Nutrition in Childcare Environments) will be shared. A PDF of the presentation is provided.

Child Care Exchange
Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Childhood Obesity in Early Childhood Programs: This aricle describes the need for early childhood professionals to take action in the battle against childhood obesity. It lists reason why it is important to to action and why that is possible in the child care field. Strategies for improving menus and physical activities are included.