One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active! Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers

Childhood obesity is a national concern and can lead to many health problems. Research shows active physical play and encouragement from caring adults are key to reducing childhood obesity. Families and caregivers working together can improve children’s physical activity, weight, and health.

In an effort to support early childhood caregivers and parents in promoting healthy active living among children, Bright Futures offers One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active! Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers, a three-module curriculum. Funding for this helpful new tool was provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Georgetown University and the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Department of Nutrition collaborated on the development of the curriculum and supporting materials. 

Head Start and Early Head Start health and education managers and other early childhood professionals are encouraged to explore and use the three modules and accompanying resources to learn more about Girls playing outdoors on swingthe dangers of childhood obesity and how to encourage increased physical activity among young children.

The One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active! curriculum includes the following three modules:

  1. Promoting Physical Activity for Young Children
  2. Promoting Children’s Physical Activity in Child Care Programs
  3. Working with Parents to Promote Children’s Physical Activity

Each module includes an overview of the topic and learning objectives. In addition to the rich topic-specific content, each module also provides key points, a self-assessment quiz, references and resource highlights. After completing the curriculum, participants are encouraged to take a moment to fill out an evaluation. The feedback will help improve the curriculum.

One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active! Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers. HHS/HRSA/MCHB. 2013. English.

Last Reviewed: November 2013

Last Updated: November 13, 2014