Nutrition and Physical Activity: Child Care Programs

Child care providers and teachers play a key role in helping young children establish healthy eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime. The following nutrition and physical activity services and resources can help you put children on a path to a healthy life.

Regulations and Best Practices at Child Care Centers

Nutrition and Physical Activity Curricula

Eat Well Play Hard Champion Initiative

Child care centers that participate in the CACFP may be eligible to join the Eat Well Play Hard Champion Initiative. The initiative provides:

  • Hands-on classes for children and families.
  • Training, tool kits and technical assistance for staff to enhance and sustain a healthy center environment.
  • Mentoring for teachers to conduct nutrition education in the classroom.

For more information, including how to find out if your center is eligible, email


Child care centers can sign up to receive the e-newsletter "Eat Healthy, Be Active: Newsletter for Group Childcare Centers". It provides information and resources to help create and sustain a healthy environment for children, families and staff.

Additional Resources

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