Nemours looking to partner with ECE/Childhood Obesity Organization to test ECELC revised Toolkit

Nemours Children’s Health System is pleased to announce a search to fund an organization to test an Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) Toolkit beginning October 1, 2017.  The ECELC Toolkit will guide a state/community through developing and implementing a childhood obesity learning collaborative for early care and education (ECE) providers.  For additional information regarding Nemours National ECE Learning Collaborative model, please visit

Nemours’ National ECELC is an evidenced informed model that, with funding from CDC, has reached over 1,670 early care and education programs and over 170,000 children nationally over the past five years.  As childhood obesity prevention efforts in the United States continue, policy and practice based interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity best practices help shape healthier environments for children attending early care and education programs.  Over the past five years, early care and education programs participating in Nemours ECELC have improved healthy environments in their programs and continue to implement healthy eating and physical activity best practices.  Through self-assessment tools, we have learned, the ECELC model contributes to increases in child nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, outdoor play and learning, and screen time best practices and healthy policy changes in early child care and education programs across the country.[1]

The ECELC model has been implemented with large grants to public and private partners and technical assistance from Nemours and CDC.  As part of the project, Nemours has developed an off-the-shelf ECELC Toolkit to guide organizations on how to run a learning collaborative for ECE providers focused on childhood obesity prevention. Nemours is seeking a partner organization to test whether the model can be implemented with limited technical assistance using the ECELC Toolkit and a small amount of funding.  The ECELC Toolkit can provide a tremendous opportunity for an organization to build upon their current professional development repertoire for early care and education programs in a targeted community.  As an added bonus, all training materials and resources are provided at no additional costs to the partner organization!   Piloting the ECELC Toolkit before full dissemination will allow Nemours and CDC to enhance the content and supportive resources with key information to ensure success of learning collaborative(s) launched by other organizations.

The selected organization will collaborate with Nemours beginning October 1, 2017 through September 2018.

The selected partner organization will receive the user-friendly Nemours ECELC Toolkit manual, all training materials and resources online, limited technical assistance support, and a small amount of funding from Nemours.  The partner organization will provide a designated staff member for the project, funding to support the project needs beyond the Nemours grant, and participate in a formal evaluation process.

An informational webinar is scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET to provide potential partner organizations information regarding Nemours ECELC Toolkit project and application process.  For questions or to register for the webinar, please contact, Content Specialist Kevin Cataldo at

Nemours Children’s Health System is committed to improving the health of children.  As a nonprofit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust.  Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors.


[1] Smith TM, Blaser C, Geno Rasmussen C, Shuell J, Plumlee C, Yaroch AL. Assessment of nutrition and physical activity practices using self-report and observation in early care and education across multiple US states. Public Health Nutrition. March 2017:1-7. doi:10.1017/S1368980017000155.


Smith, T. M., Blaser, C., Geno Rasmussen, C., Shuell, J., Plumlee, C., Gargano, T., & Yaroch, A. L. (In Press). Real world implementation of a project aimed to improve nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in early care and education. Preventing Chronic Disease.



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WEBINAR: Best Practices for Supporting Breastfeeding in Early Care and Education Settings

Greetings Colleagues,
The NRC is partnering with the National Collaborative on Advancing Breastfeeding in Child Care (NCABC) to support their effors in building state-level programs to support breastfeeding in early care and education programs. We will be presenting during the first half of their upcoming webinar. Please consider joining and feel free to forward this opportunity to interested colleagues.
Thank you!

UPCOMING WEBINAR: “Best Practices for Supporting Breastfeeding in Early Care and Education Settings”

TARGET AUDIENCE: The webinar is intended for those at the area and/or state-level who are interested in developing or have developed statewide breastfeeding support for early care and education programs.

TWO DATES: Tuesday, May 13 (1:00-2:00 ET) OR Wednesday, May 14 (3:00-4:00 ET).
Sponsored by the National Collaborative on Advancing Breastfeeding in Child Care (NCABC)

Webinar presenters will:
1. Provide a history of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Standards (CFOC) and background on development/revision of standards
2. Discuss CFOC standards that supporting breastfeeding in child care, specifically milk handling/storage
3. Discuss how these standards can be used to influence state regulations/QRIS
4. Present related data from Achieving a State of Healthy Weight 2013, an annual report of the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
and Early Education (NRC) on the status of obesity prevention best practices in the States’ child care licensing regulations.
5. Present two infant-/toddler-related resources from the NRC: The new Infant and Toddler CFOC3 collection and the Infant Feeding Toolkit
6. Invite Collaborative state members to talk briefly about their work related to supporting breastfeeding in child care.

Jean M. Cimino, MPH
CFOC3 Content Manager, National Resource for Health and Safety in Child Care and Education (NRC)
Linda Satkowiak, ND, RN, CNS, NCSN
Child Care Health and Safety Nurse Consultant, National Resource for Health and Safety in Child Care and Education (NRC)

Kathleen L. Anderson, MEd, CLC
Director, Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Project
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Maternal and Child Health
For webinar login information, contact Kathleen Anderson at or 919-445-0328.

Source: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Education

Baby E-lert, Sharing Information on the Quality Care of Infants, Toddlers, and their Families


This Baby E-lert features information about federal partnerships, breastfeeding resources, and math in the home. Share the information and resources with program administrators, co-workers, families, and other early care professionals!

Source: Early Head Start National Research Center

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013

8/1 – 8/7/2013

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme, ‘BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: CLOSE TO MOTHERS’, highlights Breastfeeding Peer Counselling. Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates, and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a healthcare facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Continued support to sustain breastfeeding can be provided in a variety of ways. Traditionally, support is provided by the family. As societies change, however, in particular with urbanization, support for mothers from a wider circle is needed, whether it is provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, community leaders, or from friends who are also mothers, and/or from fathers/partners.

The Peer Counselling Program is a cost effective and highly productive way to reach a larger number of mothers more frequently. Peer Counsellors can be anyone from the community who is trained to learn to support mothers. Trained Peer Counsellors, readily available in the community become the lifeline for mothers with breastfeeding questions and issues. “The key to best breastfeeding practices is continued day-to-day support for the breastfeeding mother within her home and community.”

Source: World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action

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Vital Signs: Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding — United States, 2007 and 2009


Background: Childhood obesity is a national epidemic in the United States. Increasing the proportion of mothers who breastfeed is one important public health strategy for preventing childhood obesity. The World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative specifies Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding that delineate evidence-based hospital practices to improve breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity.

Methods: In 2007 and 2009, CDC conducted a national survey of U.S. obstetric hospitals and birth centers. CDC analyzed these data to describe the prevalence of facilities using maternity care practices consistent with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Results: In 2009, staff members at most hospitals provide prenatal breastfeeding education (93%) and teach mothers breastfeeding techniques (89%) and feeding cues (82%). However, few hospitals have model breastfeeding policies (14%), limit breastfeeding supplement use (22%), or support mothers postdischarge (27%). From 2007 to 2009, the percentage of hospitals with recommended practices covering at least nine of 10 indicators increased only slightly, from 2.4% to 3.5%. Recommended maternity care practices vary by region and facility size.

Conclusion: Most U.S. hospitals have policies and practices that do not conform to international recommendations for best practices in maternity care and interfere with mothers’ abilities to breastfeed.

Implications for Public Health Practice: Hospitals providing maternity care should adopt evidence-based practices to support breastfeeding. Public health agencies can set quality standards for maternity care and help hospitals achieve Baby-Friendly designation. Because nearly all births in the United States occur in hospitals, improvements in hospital policies and practices could increase rates of exclusive and continued breastfeeding nationwide, contributing to improved child health, including lower rates of obesity.

Source: Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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Statement from Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin on World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2011


World Breastfeeding Week provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding and to encourage everyone to support mothers who want to breastfeed. One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed. It protects babies from many infections and illnesses, such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Children who have been breastfed have lower rates of childhood obesity. Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Breastfeeding | Health benefits for mother and baby |

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons – the joyful bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby. Read on for tips and suggestions to help you successfully breastfeed.


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The World Health Organization’s infant feeding recommendation

Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed(1) for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health(2). Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production.

Source: World Health Organization

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via WHO | The World Health Organization’s infant feeding recommendation.

Press Release: Feeding the Future

From 1-7 August 2011, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), and breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries worldwide will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) for the 19th year with the theme “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience”.

As global exclusive breastfeeding rates continue to rise, we may wonder – why talk about breastfeeding? Isn’t it a normal, physiological process? The reality is that most talk is confined within the health care and related spheres. WABA’s call to action is for celebrants to reach beyond these borders, in new ways, and include traditionally un-involved parties, such as young people, to join in WBW.

Source: World Alliance for Breastfeeding

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