In this fact sheet, find easy tips families may use to help their children learn healthy eating behaviors starting in infancy.
Watch this webinar to discover ideas for fully implementing the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns. Learn how the CACFP changes connect to the current Head Start Program Performance Standards.
These crib cards provide information on the benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers. Staff and new parents may receive helpful tips for starting breastfeeding, and to better recognize infant feeding cues.
Use this sample policy for promoting and supporting breastfeeding as a guide to review and improve your program's policy.
Review this collection of resources and learn how to promote healthy active living among staff and families.
The Positive Eating Environment Self-Assessment for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs offers a brief, user-friendly way to assess basic mealtime practices. Learn how this assessment can help center-based and family child care programs that serve 3 to 5 year olds. Staff can use this tool to evaluate the availability of healthy nutrition and mealtime environments. It can also be used for staff discussions and policy planning.
This fact sheet provides guidance to families on healthy eating. It offers easy tips for families to help their children learn healthy eating behaviors starting in infancy so they can become lifelong habits.
Currently, the Head Start Program Performance Standards require breastfeeding education for expectant families and accommodations for breastfeeding children. Breastfeeding provides a true head start for the children that Head Start programs serve. Research shows that breastfeeding has important long-term impacts on the health and development of children and the health and well-being of mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and many other health organizations recommend that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.
The I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) tool is filled with quick and easy ideas for integrating movement, nutrition, and healthy habits into everyday life. It is available in two formats: one for staff that visit families in the home and parents, and one for classroom teachers and other caregivers.
This short video explores the impact of adults on the growth and development of infants and very young children.