SDE: Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

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The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) encourages local and community child care, early education, and afterschool programs to establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles in children. These policies and practices should create an environment that consistently supports children’s health and learning by:

  • providing clear and consistent messages that explain and reinforce healthy eating and physical activity habits;
  • helping children learn to make healthy lifestyle choices;
  • providing developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant nutrition education;
  • providing quality physical education and daily opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity; and
  • supporting and engaging families in promoting healthy habits.

The CSDE's action guide includes best practices for promoting healthy eating and physical activity for children in child care from infancy through school age, based on current science, public health research, and national recommendations and standards. It can be used in a variety of settings, including Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) facilities (centers, family day care homes, at-risk afterschool centers, and emergency shelters), Head Start centers, School Readiness programs, child care programs, early care and education programs, licensed centers, school-based preschool programs, and afterschool programs. It can also be used by sponsoring agencies, community organizations, local early childhood coordinating councils, municipalities, and other groups interested in improving nutrition and physical activity practices in child care and education settings.

Action Guide Connecticut Child Care Nutrition Standards (CCCNS) Self-assessment Tools
These tools help child care programs assess their current nutrition and physical activity practices and identify areas in need of improvement.
Action Planning Sample Policies
These sample policies provide a template for comprehensive nutrition and physical activity policies. Both versions contain the same content with different formatting. Resources
CONTACT:  Susan S. Fiore, M.S., R.D.,
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

Nondiscrimination Statements (USDA and CSDE)

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