Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings
Eat Well Play Hard in Day Care Centers
The Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) project provides funding to seven grantees to implement a nutrition and physical activity curriculum designed for pre-school children and their parents. Through the provision of six lessons to both young children and their parents, and two lessons to child care center staff, this project aims to provide consistent and positive messages about eating healthy foods and being physically active to three and four year old children attending targeted child care centers and their caregivers (at home and in child care). For more information about this project contact CACFP at 1-800-942-3858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- EWPHCCS Overview
Providing a more comprehensive look on the implementation of EWPHCCS.
- EWPHCCS Curriculum
- EWPHCCS Staff Curriculum
- FNS Core Nutrition Messages
USDA - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), provides nutrition messages designed to deliver consistent and accurate information to help develop healthy eating patterns in young children.
- FNS NEW Whole Grains, Milk and Child Feeding Messages
USDA - Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has come forth with new consumer-tested messages that complement existing messages and the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Designed specifically for populations served by WIC, SNAP, Child Nutrition and other Federal nutrition assistance programs, these messages are meant to motivate healthier eating habits.
Eat Well Play Hard in Day Care Homes
Eat Well Play Hard in Day Care Homes (EWPH-DCH) is an adaptation of NYS Department of Health's successful Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) program. The goals of EWPH-DCH are to help DCH providers improve the nutrition and physical activity practices in their DCHs and communicate positive messages about eating healthy food and being physically active to children in care and their families. the EWPH-DCH pilot was designed as an educational and environmental change program with DCH providers as the primary target audience and the children and their parents as the secondary target audiences. The primary goal of the program is to help DCH providers make changes in their environments to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity for the children in their care. In particular, DCH providers are asked to focus on increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables offered at the DCH and increasing opportunities for adult-led structured play. DCH providers also are encouraged, but not required, to pursue additional goals related to improving eating habits, increasing physical activity, increasing support for breastfeeding, or decreasing screen time.
Sample parent newsletters, called Home Pages, are available below to print and share with families of children in day care homes:
- What Should Kids Drink? (PDF, 282KB, 1pg.)
- Break the Food Reward Habit. (PDF, 210KB, 1pg.)
- Help Your Child Snack Smart. (PDF, 225KB, 1pg.)
- Healthy Kids Need Their Zs. (PDF, 268KB, 1pg.)
- As a Parent, What Can Physical Activity Do for You? (PDF, 278KB, 1pg.)
Spanish Versions of the Home Pages:
- What Should Kids Drink? (PDF, 368KB, 1pg.)
- Break the Food Reward Habit. (PDF, 225KB, 1pg.)
- Help Your Child Snack Smart. (PDF, 341KB, 1pg.)
- Healthy Kids Need Their Zs. (PDF, 308KB, 1pg.)
- As a Parent, What Can Physical Activity Do for You? (PDF, 301KB, 1pg.)