Over the past few years, The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), using a Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) approach, has offered assistance to child care providers to improve physical
activity, healthy eating, and breastfeeding support practices as well as policies within their own programs. Development experts agree that these strategies will help our youngest generation get off to a healthy start.
The training SHIP has provided locally to child care providers include I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL); Twist & Sprout; Let’s Move Child Care-Nutrition, Beverages and Infant Feeding; and Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs through Eager to Learn. Two of the three child care facilities and over a dozen of the 68-home based licensed providers in Mower County participated in these learning opportunities. Over 30% of these providers serve low-income children.
Training is focused on increasing daily moderate to vigorous physical activity, promotion of healthy food choices every day, and how to support breastfeeding mothers and their babies. In addition, SHIP provided these child care centers with supplies recommended from the trainings needed to implement the programs.
Without SHIP funding, child care centers may not have been able to obtain necessary supplies.
Studies show that children who are in child care programs that offer high quality care enter school with better math, language and social skills. These skills give children a good start to succeed in school and in life. When children have safe, loving and stimulating child care settings and providers that parents can
count on, parents worry less while at work and are able to better focus on work responsibilities. Children, families, employers and our community benefit from high quality child care.
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