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Nutrition activity ideas, cooking activities, and nutritous and easy recipes for snacks and meals for children.

Healthy nutrition and feeding practices are foundational for the growth of young children. Knowing what and how to feed children in infancy through the early years is important for families and caregivers as they help establish healthy habits that will carry through until adulthood. The ABCs of Growing Healthy Kids are a helpful resource for providing general feeding information from birth through six years of age. Specific topics of interest are also covered such as picky eaters, healthy snacks and breakfast ideas. Downloadable PDFs are available for printing and sharing.

What you need to know about lead exposure and its effects on the physical and cognitive development of children.

Todos los profesionales del cuidado infantil son responsables de mantener a los niños en su cuidado sanos y seguros. Las personas que cuidan y enseñan a los niños necesitan saber 1) cómo crear espacios seguros, 2) utilizar prácticas seguras con los niños, 3) desarrollar e implementar estrategias diarias de prevención y gestión de enfermedades, y 4) tener un plan para mantener a los niños seguros en caso de emergencia. Este módulo de seis horas, ofrece una visión general de todos los temas de salud y seguridad necesarios de Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) (Cuidado de y Desarrollo de los Niños Block Grant (CCDBG). (K7.1 C1, CDA1) 6 hours

Are you feeling run down? Are you short-tempered with the children, with your co-workers, or with your own family? As rewarding as working with children can be, it can also be a demanding and stressful profession. Knowing when you are overwhelmed, exhausted, and need help and support is a first step towards dealing with and recovering from stress.

Helpful Resources for Child Care Practitioners. Child care is regulated by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).

Getting enough sleep for children and adults becomes more of a challenge when families struggle with overbooked schedules and the busyness of life. When something has to give, it is often sleep that is shortchanged, and research indicates this impacts health in more ways than just feeling tired and unrested.

Feeding young children is not without its challenges. Encouraging children to eat healthy food, knowing the types and amounts that are needed to promote good health, and struggling with picky eaters can be a few of the issues that parents and caregivers will navigate at some point during childhood.

Families with busy schedules can struggle for time to put a home-cooked meal on the table, much less find time to include young children in cooking activities. What was once considered a life skill is becoming, for some, a dying art as convenience and processed foods become the norm. Yet, children can learn much more than healthy food choices through early experiences with cooking and there are benefits for families as well.

What is indoor air quality and how do cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products affect it? Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of how clean the air is inside structures where we live, work and play. And what happens in one part of a building affects all of the building's occupants.

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures and products used in early care and education (ECE) programs reduce germs, allergens, and pests, but can also greatly influence the quality of indoor air in a child care facility.

As role models, child care providers can have significant influence in encouraging the children they care for to develop healthy physical activity levels.

As fall harvest time is under way, September is a great time to encourage young children to learn more about local farming, healthy foods, and to engage them in hands-on nutrition education opportunities.

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting will help take care of you! Although these three terms are often used interchangeably, there are differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting processes. What does this mean for a green cleaning program at your child care facility?

One of the main "tools of the trade" in a green cleaning program is microfiber.

December is in the midst of holiday celebrations. Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, while Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, along with many other cultural celebrations, are just around the corner. And of course there are children’s birthdays! With so many celebrations throughout the year, now is the perfect time to promote making them healthy ones.

Better Kid Care has resources to support caregivers in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect, talking with children about traumatic events, and supporting families during traumatic times.

A list of food and nutrition resource pages

Seven fun and informative videos about using integrated pest management (IPM) in child care facilities are available from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. They illustrate practical and “easy-to-do” methods of preventing and getting rid of pests. The videos are short and can be viewed independently to focus on a particular pest problem, or watched all together to get a more in-depth sense of using IPM in the facility.