Ideas and Resources

Keep kids interested - find child care resources.

Look no further. As a child care provider, this is your one-stop-shop for insights and advice about early childhood nutrition and physical activity.

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Resource Center

Here's your library of free, simple-to-use, proven resources, inspiring ideas and practical tips for healthy eating and activity — all in one place.

 
MyPlate Resources

MyPlate is the new food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and fat-free or low-fat dairy at meal time. To learn more about building a healthy plate, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. Watch nutrition videos, view sample menus, find recipes and get healthy eating and physical activity tips.

 

Information for Parents and Providers on Health and Wellness

 
Comprehensive Guides & Job Aids

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) — Wellness Resources for Child Care Providers:
Find resources to help you promote physical activity, encourage healthy eating and limit screen time, plus wellness policy resources (also in Spanish).

Tools From Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA):

Let's Move! Child Care Checklist Quiz

Other Must-See Resources:

First Years in the First State: Improving Nutrition & Physical
Activity in Delaware Child Care
:

A “how-to” toolkit, developed by Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) for the Delaware Department of Education and funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition grant, that includes:

  • administrator’s and menu planning guides
  • shopping cheat sheet
  • self-assessments
  • 16 weeks of menu cycles and recipes
  • shopping lists and budget-saving shopping tips
  • age-appropriate physical activities

Child Care Provider’s Guide:
A simple stage-by-stage resource with information and tips about early childhood nutrition and physical activity (for babies, toddlers and preschoolers), from Nemours’ KidsHealth.org, the most-visited children's health website in the world.

Healthy Habits for Life Resource Kit:
In partnership with Sesame Workshop, Nemours and Nemours' KidsHealth.org, this guide (in English and Spanish) teaches child care providers and children concepts of nutrition and physical fitness using kids' favorite Sesame Street puppet friends. 

Nutrition & Fitness Center:
A collection of online articles, Q&As and recipes from the award-winning KidsHealth.org.

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs:
The national standards for nutrition, physical activity and screen time for early care and education programs. The standards are for ALL types of early care and education settings - centers and family child care homes.

eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care Hands-On Activities Database
A searchable database you can use to find activities for different age groups and seasons, as well as activities that help children learn specific skills.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child Care and Adult Care Food Program

American Academy of Pediatrics Model Child Care Health Policies

 
Nutrition Know-How
Comprehensive Nutrition Tools
Farm to Preschool & Gardening
Menu Planning & Serving Meals

Nemours' KidsHealth.org articles:

Understanding the Food Groups
Nutritional Safety

KidsHealth resources:

About Beverages

KidsHealth articles:

Recipes

KidsHealth recipes:

 
Physical Activity Insights
Comprehensive Physical Activity Tools
Activity Safety

Nemours' KidsHealth.org resources:

 
Be a Healthy Lifestyle Role Model
 
Support Infant Feeding Decisions
 
Videos Worth Viewing
 
Fun Games & Activities
KidsHealth: the #1 site in the world devoted to children’s health.


Nemours' KidsHealth.org
Coloring Sheets:

Physical Activities & Games:


 
Spanish Resources
 
For Families
 
Music
  • Color Me Healthy Sing & Dance music. Color Me Healthy music gets children up and moving to a fun and happy beat. Download songs (MP3 format) and lyrics (PDFs) and dance to the tune of Color Me Healthy.

 
Screen Time
 
Let’s Move! Child Care Promotional Materials

Let's Move! Videos

These videos have been developed and donated to Let's Move! Child Care by Exchange Press, Video Active Productions and TurnKey Training, the makers of Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood Settings, a comprehensive professional development training series for early childhood teachers.

Please note: All videos are hosted on video sharing sites (such as Vimeo or YouTube) which are not associated with LMCC. LMCC and partners are not responsible for content other than the LMCC videos hosted on these video sharing websites.