Recognizing Exceptional Efforts from Family Child Care Providers to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children

On July 19, 2013, the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) initiative recognized five family child care providers for exceptional work with promoting and implementing nutrition and physical activity in their family child care programs.  The five providers were honored at the NAFCC Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Shannon Rudisill, Director of the Office of Child Care, provided keynote remarks and presented each family child care provider with a letter from George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary  for Children and Families, thanking each provider for their exceptional work . Meet the five winners:

Yolanda - After 25 years in “corporate America,” Yolanda decided to use her energy to serve children while starting her own business. Yolanda is committed to providing the highest-quality child care.   As a part of meeting the goals for LMCC, Yolanda loves to use the MyPlate place mat to help children in her care eat healthy.

Renita – Renita started her child care career at the age of 12 when she started her babysitting business with hand-made flyers. She has been growing her business for the last three years. She implements walking and yoga twice a week to get her kids moving and makes fresh cups of fruit and vegetable smoothies daily. 

Ilse  -   When Ilse was a nanny in Germany at the age of 18, she dreamed of one day opening a quality home day care. With the information that she has learned from the LMCC initiative, Ilse provides nutritious meals so parents do not need to pack breakfast, lunch or snacks.

Susan - Susan found many of the things she was doing on a regular basis in her family child care home met the goals of LMCC before signing up for LMCC.  After signing up, Susan also quickly started implementing the goals and strategies of the initiative after she realized that all those unhealthy eating habits as a child come back to haunt you.  Susan says, “I quickly realized it is up to us to teach and model to our children healthy habits for life. “

Karen - Karen has been accredited through NAFCC for four years and a family child care provider for 14.  Karen was the first co-trainer for the LMCC Program in Maryland for Increasing Physical Activity & Healthy Habits in 2012 at Carroll Community College.

Joining Let’s Move! Child Care is easy! You can sign up (http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/content/hkhf/home/startearly/sign...) on the website for more information, free downloads, and to take the interactive Checklist Quiz.

Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is a nationwide call-to-action to empower early education and child care providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. LMCC goals focus on physical activity, screen time, food, beverages, and infant feeding. The public and private partners supporting LMCC include the Office of the First Lady, White House Domestic Policy Council, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Nemours, Child Care Aware of America, and University of North Carolina