A message from Let’s Move! Child Care

We’re excited to have over 5,600 early education and child care providers from every state, DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands participating in Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC)!  We want even more providers involved in this initiative to improve the health of more children! That is why we’re extending the deadline of the LMCC State Challenge, a competition to see which state/territory achieves the strongest participation in LMCC.

While you can participate in LMCC any time, you can help your state/territory compete in the State Challenge if you participate now.

Two ways to help your state/territory compete in the State Challenge:

• If you are an early education or child care provider and have not already done so, take the Checklist Quiz (http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/content/hkhf/home/startearly/quiz.html) before Sunday, April 8. (Note: The Checklist Quiz will still be available after the State Challenge). The Checklist Quiz will help you see which LMCC goals you are meeting and which goals you need to work towards. The Quiz will also help you create an action plan to reach the goals.

• Tell providers you know about the State Challenge. Encourage them to sign up (http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/content/hkhf/home/startearly/signupnow.html) and take the Checklist Quiz before Sunday, April 8.

Two winning states/territories will be recognized at the Let’s Move! Child Care Recognition Luncheon sponsored by Nemours that will be held following the Weight of the Nation™ Conference (http://www.weightofthenation.org/) in Washington, DC on May 9; the one with:

1. the highest percentage of legally operating child care and early education programs signed up for LMCC
2. the highest percentage of child care and early education programs that completed the Checklist Quiz

Right now, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are in the lead. But, there are still a few more days left!

Good luck!

IM 11-02 Physical Health and Development

8/3/11

Head Start continues to recognize the important role physical health plays in a child’s development and in laying the foundation for school readiness, as shown by the requirements of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. Earlier this year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) published the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework (the Framework), which outlines the essential areas of development and learning that are to be used by Head Start programs to establish school readiness goals for their children. The first domain of the framework, Physical Development and Health, refers to physical well-being, use of the body, muscle control and appropriate nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and safety practices.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Head%20Start%20Program/Program%20Design%20and%20Management/Head%20Start%20Requirements/IMs/2011/resour_ime_002_080211.html

Notice to 10 Expansion Supplement Awards to implement the First Lady’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) initiative

7/21/11

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA), announces the award of ten expansion supplement awards to Native American Tribes that are currently combating the epidemic of health issues in Native America. Expansion supplement funds will support activities associated with the First Lady’s initiative, Let’s Move! in Indian Country. Under the program, grantee Tribes have set forth goals and milestones that will benefit Native youth, children, and families.

Source: Federal Register

Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-21/html/2011-18377.htm