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Child Care Toolkit

Registered sites in Maine and Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire, receive a free hard-copy toolkit. For all others, Let’s Go! offers free online access to our Child Care toolkit in an easy-to-use format, as well as printable PDFs of individual pages, organized per the outline below.

WELCOME LETTER & TABLE OF CONTENTS

STEP 1 - ENGAGE

STEP 2 - ASSESS ENVIRONMENT AND CREATE AN ACTION PLAN

STEP 3 - IMPLEMENT ACTION PLAN

STRATEGY 1 - LIMIT UNHEALTHY CHOICES

STRATEGY 2 - LIMIT OR ELIMINATE SUGARY DRINKS; PROVIDE WATER.

STRATEGY 3 - PROHIBIT THE USE OF FOOD AS A REWARD.

STRATEGY 4 - PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERY DAY

STRATEGY 5 - LIMIT RECREATIONAL SCREEN TIME.

STRATEGY 6 - PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL INITIATIVES

STRATEGY 7 - ENGAGE COMMUNITY PARTNERS

STRATEGY 8 - PARTNER WITH AND EDUCATE FAMILIES

STRATEGY 9 - IMPLEMENT A STAFF WELLNESS PROGRAM

STRATEGY 10 - COLLABORATE WITH FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

STEP 4 - COMPLETE SURVEY

STEP 5 - CELEBRATE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Helpful Websites

The trusted organizations below can offer you even more help in creating a healthy environment for the children in your care:

Cooking Matter’s Exploring Food Together Toolkit: This toolkit consists of simple activities that adults who work with young children can use, in the classroom or in the home, to help kids learn about new foods and start building the skills to make healthy food choices.

WinterKids: WinterKids helps kids develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. The Preschool GOAL offers active, outdoor activities aligned with Maine Early Learning Guidelines for Child Care education providers. Participants in the WinterKids ECE Challenge receive training and incentives to increase physical activity.

Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers: A free resource kit developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to assist child care providers and community groups in implementing strategies to promote, protect and support breastfeeding women. Includes thorough resources to assist child care programs in reaching each of the 10 steps.

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