Friday, February 17, 2012

Lets Move! Child Care State Challenge

Dear Colleagues,

At the Office of Child Care (OCC), we’re continuing to work toward high-quality care for all children. As Deputy Assistant Secretary Linda Smith reminds us, the core of our mission is ensuring children in all child care settings are “safe, healthy, and learning.” Your partnership is essential to achieving our shared goals, which is why I’m hoping you’ll help us spread the word about the Let’s Move! Child Care State Challenge.

The Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) initiative was launched by the First Lady with the aim of creating a healthier future for children in early care and education programs. LMCC provides tips, Webinars, and other online resources highlighting goals oriented towards child care providers- including increasingphysical activity, reducing screen time, improving food and beverage choices, and supporting infant feeding.

Let’s Move! Child Care participants can complete an online interactive checklist quiz to assess what quality improvements can be made related to these goals. Providers can create action plans to incorporate into their own programs, and earn a certificate of recognition after completion of the action plan. Several states have created additional incentives connected to LMCC, including linking it to QRIS and professional development. We’ve also received many success stories through the Web site and encourage you to share descriptions of success in your communities with us through the success story page.

We believe in LMCC’s ability to improve the health of children, and OCC and the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) are working together to reach more children and providers through the Lets Move! Child Care State Challenge, a nationwide challenge recognizing states with the highest participation rates in LMCC. All across the country, child care providers are signing up, and the states with the highest percentage of providers participating and the highest percentage of providers completing the program will be recognized at the Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington, DC, this May.

We’re proud to have more than 2,000 providers involved in LMCC, but we believe we can get more providers–and more children–involved in this exciting initiative. I’m asking for your help in spreading the word about the LMCC State Challenge. Please consider passing on the information and links in this message or the flyers available from NACCRRA to providers and early childhood stakeholders you know. Together, we can get one step closer to ensuring the health of all children in child care.

Sincerely,
Shannon L. Rudisill
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Shared by Heather Dubiel, Early Childhood

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