Providing a framework for states and communities to help prevent childhood obesity

By creating healthier environments for young children in the early care and education setting.

Why ECE?

With 26.7% of 2 – 5 year olds already overweight or obese in 2009/10, prevention efforts must target our youngest children.  One of the best places to reach young children with obesity prevention efforts is the early care and education setting (ECE).  The use of ECE facilities – including child care centers, day care homes, Head Start programs, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs – has become the norm in the U.S.  Improving the ECE environment will directly impact what children consume and how active they are, as well as help them develop a foundation of healthy habits for life.

Standards and Best Practices

Standards and best practices for obesity prevention in ECE have been established by expert groups. The framework laid out in this website does not present any new standards or best practices for obesity prevention.  Users are referred to the following documents, which collectively contain the core set of evidence-based standards and best practices for obesity prevention targeting ECE.

1.Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs

2.Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

3.Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All