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 in Child Care Settings

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings is an education and policy, systems and environmental change intervention funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Child care centers that participate in the CACFP may be eligible to join. The intervention funds two programs:

  • The Eat Well Play Hard Champion 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.
  • The Farm to Preschool Program provides:
    • Hands-on gardening opportunities for preschoolers alongside food and gardening education.
    • Cooking demonstrations featuring local produce for caregivers and community members.
    • Support with increasing access to locally grown produce for families and staff as well as center menus.

Parent resources are available from the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings intervention to support nutrition programming at your center. These tipsheets include information on how to help preschoolers eat healthy and move more.

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

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