“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.
Learn about 6 action steps to help plan new or strengthen existing state or community-level obesity prevention efforts targeting the ECE setting.
Explore the ‘Spectrum of Opportunities’ by which states and communities can support ECE facilities to achieve recommended standards and best practices for obesity prevention.
Planning and implementing obesity prevention efforts in ECE should only be done in partnership. Partnerships are the cornerstone of any successful endeavor to make policy and practice changes.
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 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.