Office of Child Care Region I Provides Let’s Move Child Care training to Family Child Care Providers

There is a need for information to combat childhood obesity among child care providers.  Children across the country spend many hours in child care every day and numbers have shown that many of our young children are overweight or obese.

The Office of Child Care, Region I provided a Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) training to the Region I family child care community.  This training, which is part of the I am Moving, I am Learning program, was developed for family child care providers and those who work directly with family child care providers.

At this day long training, the 32 participants, representing 4 of the 6 New England states were introduced to the LMCC initiative other tools and resources, such as I am Moving, I am Learning and  Sesame Workshop’s We Have the Moves. Providers had the opportunity to participate in workshops on movement and nutrition to support childhood obesity prevention activities to meet best practices established by the LMCC initiative. Providers also had the opportunity to register on the LMCC website and received bags of materials to use with the parents, children and staff in their programs and states.

This interactive training was well received and participants described the training as fun and full of energy — a great training for family child care providers. According to one participant, “in my 17 years of being an educator, this is the first training for which we were given good material and that was entertaining. I did not get tired of listening, and there were a lot of movement activities.”

This training was supported by the National Association for Family Child Care, trainers from the Massachusetts Department of Health and Early Education and Care, the Region I Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Network, the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services.

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Region I states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) have been leaders at the forefront of childhood obesity prevention efforts.