Since 2010, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) began new efforts to support the national effort to prevent childhood obesity in child care and early education programs.
The NRC conducts an annual ASHW assessment of new and revised child care regulations in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. States’ rules are rated on 47 healthy weight practices drawn from Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs, 2nd Edition. See the current and earlier ASHW reports and supplements and other Healthy Weight Resources below.
Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2021 Report
Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2021 Supplement: Child Care Centers
Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2021 Supplement: Large Family Child Care Homes
Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2021 Supplement: Small Family Child Care Homes
Licensing Toolkits may assist Licensing Administrators to develop or revise regulations for infant feeding, avoiding sugar, serving water and juice, and limiting screen time.
Avoid or Limit Foods High in Sugar
The checklists can help families and caregivers/teachers determine if Healthy Weight practices are being followed in an early care and education program. The tipsheet gives information about the use of water and 100% juice in early care and education settings.
Family Checklist for Nutrition in Early Care and Education
Family Checklist for Physical Activity in Early Care and Education
These videos show caregivers/teachers simple ways to weave physical activity into early care and education programs, as well as ways to limit screen time in a center or family child care home.