Resources

 

Resources

Healthy and Active Preschoolers provides a variety of outside Web-based resources including but not limited to food safety, health, nutrition, gardening, and physical activity.


California Child Care Nutrition Policy Recommendations

California Department of Education, Keeping Children Healthy in California’s Child Care Environments, executive summary report (policy recommendations for combating obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles in child care settings).


Choking Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers, offers resources for what to do when a child is injured or becomes severely ill.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Supplement A: Practice Choking Prevention.


Classroom Nutrition Education

California Department of Education lists nutrition competencies and grade level expectations. California Department of Education has developed draft nutrition education competencies for preschoolers.

Dairy Council of California provides nutrition education materials for use in kindergarten through high school.

Network for a Healthy California, Harvest of the Month, offers educators strategies on motivating and empowering children to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and also offers educator, family, and community newsletters.

New York State Department of Health offers Eat Well, Play Hard curriculum for preschoolers.

Nutrition for Kids offers a fun approach to kids’ health issues and how to teach nutrition to kids.


County Health Data

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Growth Indicators by Race/Ethnicity and Age for Children Aged < 5 Years and the full Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance 2010 Report.

University of California Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research provides Health Profiles – Teen and Child, for counties and regions of California.


Farmers’ Markets

California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets Web site gives information to find a farmers’ market near you.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers provides free guides to local farmers’ markets.


Fats and Oils

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Fats and Oils: Build a Healthy Plate with Options Low in Solid Fats.”


Food Allergies

Asthma and Allergy Foundation provides information on different types of food allergies.

Center for Disease Control’s Food Allergies in Schools Toolkit provides tip sheets, training presentations, and podcasts to help school staff implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in School and Early Care and Education Programs to prevent and manage severe allergic reactions in schools.

California Childcare Health Program offers information on food allergies and a Health and Safety Note, “Responding to Life Threatening Allergic Reactions in the Child Care Setting.

Food Allergy Research and Education provides information on food allergies.

Institute of Child Nutrition’s video: Managing Food Allergies in Child Care Centers.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Supplement B: Care for Children with Food Allergies.”


Food Recalls

Federal Food Safety Information Web site and the Food and Drug Administration provide information on food recalls.


Food Safety

Federal Food Safety Information Web site provides food safety resources, videos, and support materials.

Food and Nutrition Services guide – “Best Practices in Handling Fresh Produce in Schools“.

Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool Training Program is a free, self-paced program created to reduce the risk of food safety related to fresh fruits and vegetables for young children.

Institute of Child Nutrition for Serving Safe Food in Child Care and Foodborne Pathogen Fact Sheets.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Practice the Basics of Food Safety to Prevent Foodborne Illness.”

Partnership for Food Safety Education Web site educates consumers about safe food handling and provides Fight BAC! Goes to Child Care to help food safety and health professionals train child care workers.

U.S. Department of Agriculture provides an online guide for child care providers: “Keeping Kids Safe: A Guide for Safe Food Handling & Sanitation” for child care providers and Food Safety resources.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides a variety of information including material on food safety.


Fruits

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Build a Healthy Plate with Fruits.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service provides a core nutrition message for “Fruits and Vegetables Messages, Tips, Advice, and Tools.


Garden Nutrition Education

California School Garden Network provides basic information on how to start and maintain gardens at school sites.

Farm to Preschool offers nutrition and/or garden-based curricula and showcases programs and resources from around the country.

Institute of Child Nutrition provides the Mealtime Memo “How Does Your Garden Grow?

Keene State College, Health Science and Early Childhood Education department offers Early Sprouts, a preschool gardening and nutrition curriculum that introduces children to vegetables through a variety of experiences.

Life Lab offers curricula and workshops for educators interested in bringing learning to life in gardens.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Team Nutrition Web site provides a new, free down-load for preschools to promote gardens and nutrition education called “Grow It, Try it, Like It.” Child care providers can also get a free copy (CD-ROMs) of the seven booklets.

University of California Cooperative Extension has many resources on garden nutrition education and how to start a garden. Check to see what is going on in your county and in other counties. For example, Alameda County has some garden resources.


Health

American Cancer Society provides information on nutrition, physical activity, cooking smart, and recipes.

American Diabetes Association provides information on diabetes, nutrition, and making healthy food choices. Recipes are also available.

American Heart Association provides information on heart health for adults and children.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides easy to read information on a variety of diseases and conditions. Nutrition information is also available.

National Stroke Association provides information on what is a stroke and describes the risk factors and prevention strategies. Information on kids and strokes is also available.

Shape Up America! Web site provides information on healthy weight management.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a guide to reliable health information from A to Z.


Healthy Beverages in Child Care

California Childcare Health Program for Healthy Drinks for Young Children.

CDC Guide on Increasing Access to Drinking Water in ECE Settings provides useful tools such as needs assessment tools, implementation strategies, and resources for promoting water and other healthier beverages.

Recommendations for Healthier Beverages from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers “Make Water Available Throughout the Day.”

Easy Healthy Smoothies provides information on healthy smoothies kids will like. Recipes are provided for fruit and vegetable smoothies.


Infant Nutrition

California Childcare Health Program contains information on infant feeding in child care programs.

California Department of Education offers an online infant nutrition course for the USDA child nutrition programs. For more information about the course offering, send an e-mail to:

ssalazar@cde.ca.gov

California Women Infants and Children (WIC) offers early childhood educators and parents information about WIC. Additional Web site for news on WIC.

Ellyn Satter Associates Web site has a variety of information on feeding young children, particularly infants.

Institute of Child Nutrition has a variety of information on infant feeding.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Team Nutrition offers information on breastfeeding, infant feeding and nutrition.

Zero to Three offer tips for feeding infants. Additional information.


Mealtime

Institute of Child Nutrition provides the mealtime memo, Family Style Dining in Child Care.

New York State Department of Health offers “Serving Meals Family-Style.”

The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition for videos on Teaching Children About Nutrition During Meals.

The Little Brown School in Port Royal, South Carolina for the video Starting Family Style Dining – Part 1 (03:07) for guiding principles on how to start family style dining at your facility.

University of Idaho for Feeding Young Children in Group Settings.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care (Mealtime Memo for Child Care – Spanish), from the Institute of Child Nutrition, offers information for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, focused on good nutrition for young children.


Milk

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers “Build a Healthy Plate with Milk.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service provides a core nutrition message for “Milk Messages,Tips, Advice, and Tools.”


Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides current nutrition information in English and Spanish for consumers.

California Childcare Health Program Web site includes fact sheets on some nutrition topics such as healthy snacks and infant feeding.

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion develops and promotes dietary guidance that links scientific research to consumers’ nutritional needs.

Center for Science in the Public Interest provides recipes and nutrition articles.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides growth charts, statistics, and topics related to public health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site provides healthy recipes.

Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine provides information on nutrition topics for children and families.

Connecting the Dots Web site has materials that have been developed by nutrition, health, and education experts.

Dairy Council of California provides nutrition information, health tips, and recipes.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide advice for people two years and older on good dietary habits that can promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases.

Institute of Child Nutrition provides information on a variety of nutrition topics for child care agencies.

International Food Information Council provides information on child nutrition, health, and physical activity.

National Dairy Council provides nutrition information, health tips, and recipes.

Nemours offers ideas for making nutrition fun and a guide, “Best Practices for Healthy Eating: A Guide to Help Children Grow Up Healthy.”

New York State Department of Health provides nutrition resources for child care providers.

Nutrition for Kids Web site has a free Feeding Kids newsletter that provides tips on how to teach nutrition to young children.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service provides core nutrition messages, tips, advice, and tools for milkwhole grainsfruits and vegetables, and child feeding.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration teaches you how to understand and use the Nutrition Facts label.

Wheat Foods Council Web site contains useful teaching tools on whole grains.


Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Recommendations

The Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies is intended to help local and community child care, early education and after school programs establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles in children.

Contra Costa Child Care Council for Best Practices for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments–A Guide for Self-assessment and Policy Development.

Develop Nutrition Policies and Physical Activity Policies to help through the process of developing and implementing comprehensive written nutrition and physical activity policies for your child care center.

Harvard School of Public Health for The Obesity Prevention Source Early Child Care Obesity Prevention Recommendations: Complete List.

Healthy Eating Research Expert Panel Develops Age-based Recommendations for Healthier Beverages from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Nemours Foundation Healthy Kids Healthy Future Organization provides five goals to help keep kids healthy.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Childcare and Early Education for Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs.

Let’s Move Child Care gives childcare and early education providers the tools to help children develop healthy habits for life by focusing on five goals including get kids moving, reduce screen time, nurture healthy eaters, provide healthy beverages, and support breastfeeding.

The University of Massachusetts Department of Nutrition and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension have developed a free, online, interactive food safety program for Farm to Preschool programs.  The  Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool Training Program is a free, self-paced program was created to help early childcare educators, food service staff, volunteers and parents understand the importance of reducing the risk of food safety related to fresh fruits and vegetables for young children.


Parents and Guardians

California Childcare Health Program has a variety of nutrition facts sheets for families. These fact sheets are both in English and Spanish.

Ellyn Satter Associates Web site has information on feeding young children, particularly infants.

KidsHealth site offers health and nutrition information to families.

Nibbles for Health is a set of nutrition newsletters for parents of children in child care programs.

Nutrition for Kids Web site has a free Feeding Kids newsletter that provides tips on how to teach nutrition to young children.

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) site helps families improve the home environment and jump start healthy habits.


Physical Activity

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for the Get Moving Today Activity Calendar developed by Head Start Body Start for fun ways to help preschoolers be active.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site contains ideas for physical activities.

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center offers “I Am Moving, I Am Learning,” a proactive approach to addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children, and free training opportunities for Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.

Georgetown University’s Bright Futures Web site contains free downloads of physical activity developmental guidelines.

Shape America promotes physical activity, outdoor play, and healthy lifestyles for young children and their families.

Illinois Early Learning Project provides ideas for what you can do at home or in a child care setting to help young children be physically fit.

Team Nutrition Iowa offers  “No to Low Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity.”

Kids Health Web site contains information on fitness, nutrition, and recipes

Let’s Move! Child Care from Nemours for ideas to get children moving.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education offers “101 Tips for Increasing Physical Activity in Early Childhood” and “Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children from Birth to Age 5, 2nd Edition.”

Nemours provides ideas to get kids moving and a guide, “Best Practices for Physical Activity: A Guide to Help Children Grow Up Healthy.”

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers “Provide Opportunities for Active Play Every Day,” “Encourage Active Play and Participate with Children,” “Promote Active Play Through Written Policies and Practices,” and “Limit Screen Time.”

One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active!—Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers,” is a series of three online modules designed to help child care providers working in local programs promote children’s physical activity. The curriculum is available free of charge.

PE Central Web site contains preschool lesson ideas for physical activity.

SPARK PE Web site contains sample physical activity lessons and information U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides ideas on physical activities you can do as a family.


Protein

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Meat and Meat Alternates: Build a Healthy Plate with Protein,” and “Build a Healthy Plate with Dry Beans and Peas.”


Recipes

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service for Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service for Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbooks for Child Care Centers and Schools and Recipes for Healthy Kids – Cookbooks for Homes.

USDA Mixing Bowl provides nutritious and budget friendly recipes scaled for families as well as schools and child care centers.


Screen Time

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers “Limit Screen Time.”

University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition offers Screen-time Reduction Resources.


Sodium

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers “Build a Healthy Plate with Less Salt and Sodium.”


Sugars

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Build a Healthy Plate with Fewer Added Sugars.”


Vegetables

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers “Build a Healthy Plate with Vegetables,” and “Build a Healthy Plate with Dry Beans and Peas.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service provides a core nutrition message for “Fruits and Vegetables Messages, Tips, Advice, and Tools.”


Whole Grains

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides “Build a Healthy Plate with Whole Grains.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service provides a core nutrition message for “Whole Grains Messages, Tips, Advice, and Tools.”

This list is provided for your information only. Including these links on our Web site is not an endorsement by the California Department of Education.

(Accessed on June 22, 2017)