Office of Child Care Initiatives
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:
- Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.
- 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).
- Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style whenever possible, and don't serve fried foods.
- 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.
- 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:
- Bring LMCC to your child care center or home
- LMCC Success stories
- Online Trainings, Modules and Presentations
- Resources for partners
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:
- 2011 Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning for Child Care Information Memorandum
- OCC’s framework for developing child care emergency preparedness and response plans
- State emergency preparedness resources for child care providers
State Early Childhood Education Webinar Series
As part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ 50 State Technical Assistance Strategy, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development and the Offices of Child Care and Head Start are presenting a series of webinars on topics we believe are of interest to state and national early childhood leaders. Please visit the web page for a schedule, registration information, and archived content from previously held webinars.
Affordable Care Act: Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Grant Program
- Tribal MIECHV Program Summary
- Guidance for Submitting a Needs Assessment and Plan for Responding to Identified Needs, (Phase 2 Implementation Plan-Cohorts 1 & 2)
- Guidance for Submitting a Needs Assessment and Plan for Responding to Identified Needs, (Phase 2 Implementation Plan-Cohort 3)
ASSET Initiative for Families with Young Children
Financial security is a key component for all families. Children are more likely to thrive if their family environment is economically stable. Infants, toddlers and young children living in households with low financial stress are more likely to achieve developmental goals and succeed in many ways. OCC, in collaboration with our partners at the Office of Community Services and the Office of Head Start, is developing tools and resources dedicated to the asset development and financial stability of families with young children: