Office of Child Care Initiatives

President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative

President Obama has made early care and education a priority over the last several years, and OCC and ACF have worked to ensure that all children have access to high quality care. Projects and grants including the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, State Advisory Councils, and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships have brought child care and early learning partners together at federal, state, and local levels and have led to greater collaboration and more effective services throughout the country. Learn more about the President’s Early Learning Initiative

Let's Move! Child Care

Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is the First Lady’s effort to promote children’s health by encouraging and supporting physical activity and healthier nutrition practices in early care and education settings. Let’s Move! Child Care focuses on 5 goals:

  1. Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
  2. Screen Time: No screen time for children under 2 years. For children age 2 and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics).
  3. Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style whenever possible, and don't serve fried foods.
  4. Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and don't serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-to 6-ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
  5. Infant Feeding. For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day. Support all new parents' decisions about infant feeding.

Learn more about LMCC:

Emergency Preparedness

A primary goal of OCC is to help ensure early childhood programs support children's healthy growth and development. This goal becomes especially important in the event of a major disaster or emergency, as children are among our most vulnerable populations. OCC created a web page of emergency preparedness resources for grantees and child care providers. Some of the key resources include:

Last Reviewed: August 28, 2015