Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Caregivers Promoting Health Habits

Implementing Wellness Policies in Child Care Centers and Day Care Homes
Team Nutrition
What is the Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits program?

Caregivers Promoting Health Habits (CPHH) is a program to improve the nutrition and physical activity practices in child care facilities through the implementation of a wellness policy. Bright from the Start supports child care providers with training, technical assistance, and funding to develop and implement wellness policies in their facilities.

What is a wellness policy?

A wellness policy is a written plan that encourages a healthy environment where positive eating and physical activity habits are developed.

Why is a wellness policy important for our children’s health?

A healthy lifestyle is essential for the proper growth and development of young children. Good nutrition and regular physical activity support children’s physical health, academic achievement, and emotional well-being. It is estimated that one in four children in Georgia between two and five years of age are overweight or obese, and childhood obesity has been linked to chronic disease, impaired school function, and psychosocial problems.

Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits Grant Opportunity

Bright from the Start is currently recruiting child care centers and day care homes to participate in the Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits program from 2014-2015. Those who participate will benefit through:

  • Funding! Up to $1,000 for day care homes or $3,000 for child care centers to help implement your wellness policy
  • Technical Assistance: Phone, e-mail, and in-person to help create and implement your policy
  • Training: Free training for approved clock hours
  • Marketing: A colorful poster on which to display your wellness policy to families and a certificate of participation that you can hang in a public area of your facility
  • Resources: Free posters, recipe books, lesson plans, training, and more

Child care facilities must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate:

  • Child care center or day care home in Appling, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Tattnall, Toombs, and Wayne counties
  • Participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

To become involved with Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits, please submit the Request for Application (RFA) for Child Care Centers or Day Care Homes or contact Jennifer Popadiuk, Nutrition Project Manager, at (404)463-4093 with questions.

Helpful Tools for Implementing Wellness Policies

Check out the Resources page for more information on how to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment at your facility!

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