Partners in Action
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Special Issue on Child Care

 

More than 850 partners in communities, schools, worksites, healthcare, government, and many other settings have pledged to support Washington's Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan.

 

Child care homes and centers are important settings for early learning, where providers can help children develop habits like healthy eating and active play. In this issue, state Partners share their success stories about improving nutrition and increasing physical activity for the children in their care.

Partner Profiles

Partner Profiles highlight the work of long-standing champions of nutrition and physical activity. This issue of Partners honors three Washington-based leaders who work on national, state and county levels: Danette Glassy, Nina Auerbach and Adrienne Dorf. Each of these champions talks about early learning settings in Washington, and they share their thoughts about next steps. more
Cathlamet Child Care Center Wins Let's Move! Certificate
  
The St. James Family Center won recognition for meeting all of the goals of Let's Move! Child Care the national initiative to prevent obesity in young children. The only licensed child care center in Wahkiakum County, St. James offers a range of programs including child care, kindercare and afterschool care for children ages 2˝ to 12. "It didn't take long to complete the Let's Move! process," says Esther Mendez, the child care coordinator for St. James. "We printed out the online checklist and checked off all of the things we were already doing. Then we could see where we didn't quite meet the goals." more
 
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Tri-Cities Defining Success in Child Care Food Program


Beckie Hildman directs the Child Care Support program for close to 200 family child care homes in Benton, Franklin and outlying Counties. Through the Benton Franklin Community Action Connection, she oversees the CAC nutrition monitors and trainers that support child care providers. Some of the support comes in the form of reimbursements for meals served through the federal Child and Adult Food Care Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. more

Cheney Sets Policy for Healthy After School Care 


The City of Cheney adopted a healthy child care policy for before and after school care programs in Parks & Recreation child care centers. Dané Standish, Cheney's Community Obesity Prevention Coordinator, worked with regional partners and public health champions to set guidelines for nutrition, physical activity and screen time. "We were already following recommended practice, but we wanted a written policy," says Standish
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State Provides Resources and Recognition to Support Breastfeeding 


The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with WithinReach and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, currently provides resources to help organizations support breastfeeding. Soon, Department of Health will also provide recognition to institutions and organizations that make policy and environmental changes to support breastfeeding women and their babies. By participating in the Washington Steps Up for Breastfeeding Success program, hospitals, community health clinics, child care centers and worksites can promote their facility as a leader in evidence-based care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. more

Recent Policy Changes Encourage Physical Activity for School Age Child Care
 
Recent changes in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) for school age child care ensure that children will spend less time in front of the television and have more time for outdoor activity. The new regulations that went into effect in December strengthened screen time restrictions and physical activity requirements. more

Screen Time Reduction Tools Evaluated

 

Researchers recently completed an evaluation of a ten year initiative to help child care professionals and families reduce screen time for young children. The project is called Washington Active Bodies, Active Minds, or WAABAM. It consists of web-based resources and online trainings. more
Upcoming Events

International Trails Symposium

April 14-17 - Yavapai Nation, AZ

Screen Free Week www.screenfree.org

April 29-May 5


Nutrition & Health Conference

May 13-15 - Seattle, WA


Washington Learning Connection (formerly the Healthy Schools Summit)

May 16 - Seattle, WA

 

More on these events and others

Funding Opportunities

USDA Farm to School Grant Program 

Application Deadline: April 24

Fuel Up to Play 60

Application Deadline: June 1

 

Tony Hawk Foundation for the Creation of Public Skateparks

Application Deadline: July 1

 

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March 2013
Cathlamet Child Care Center Wins Let's Move! Certificate
Tri-Cities Defining Success in Child Care Food Program
Cheney Sets Policy for Healthy After School Care
State Provides Resources and Recognition to Support Breastfeeding
Recent Policy Changes Encourage Physical Activity for School Age Child Care
Screen Time Reduction Tools Evaluated
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
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