Let's Move! Child Care Goal #4: Offer Healthy Beverages
When You Can:
Offer water all day and during meals
Don't serve sugary drinks
Allow one serving (4-6 ounces) of 100% fruit juice per day
Give low-fat or non-fat milk to kids 2 and up
Beverages can become a major source of calories in a child's diet and have an effect on how much calcium they get to build strong bones. Milk and water should be the "go-to" beverage served to toddlers and preschoolers.
Tips for Making Water Easily Available:
Have child size pitchers available in each classroom.
Use a shower caddy to carry water and cups outside so it is easily accessible to where children are playing.
Let's Move! Child Care: Idaho Accolades
The Let’s Move! Child Care State Challenge provided states with the opportunity to be recognized in two categories:
Category 1: Highest percentage of licensed or legally operating early education and child care programs that sign-up as Let’s Move! Child Care participants
Category 2: Largest percentage of Let’s Move! Child Care participants who successfully complete the initiative’s checklist quiz
Idaho was selected as the winner of Category 2!
Way to go, Idaho child care providers!
Representatives from the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC), along with Rhode Island, winner of Category 1, were honored for winning the state challenge at a Recognition Luncheon in Washington D.C., sponsored by Nemours.
* The competition was launched by the Administration for Children & Families and the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) to reach more early care and education providers and encourage state participation in Let's Move! Child Care.
· LMCC's 3rd Anniversary: To celebrate LMCC's 3rd Anniversary, early care and education providers across the country were encouraged to sign up for LMCC and complete the Checklist Quiz online for a chance to win some fun LMCC Physical Activity Classroom Toolkits. More than 12,500 providers have made commitments to work on the Initiative's 5 goals. Among the many winners, 4 Idaho early care and education providers won the Physical Activity Classroom Toolkits.
· Let's Move Boise National Highlight: Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties highlighted the city of Boise's Let's Move! Child Care Workshops as an example of achieving the Goal 1: Start Early, Start Smart Gold Medal Benchmark for Let's Move participating cities.
"Working with the Central District Health Department, the IdahoSTARS project, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC), and the High Five! Children's Health Collaborative, Let's Move! Boise has hosted multiple comprehensive professional development training's for child care providers focusing on how they can incorporate healthy nutrition and physical activity into their programs for young children. At the training's, providers complete a self-assessment based on the five goals of Let's Move! Child Care, and receive lesson plans, handouts, activity ideas and a certificate of completion. Learn more about their efforts at Lets Move! Boise."