What We Do
The Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control works with early childhood educators to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and reduced screen time throughout the city. We offer learning collaboratives to promote policies for physical activity and nutrition as well as different training series for early childhood education.
Boston Healthy Child Care Initiative: Oct - Dec 2020
The Boston Healthy Child Care Initiative (BHCCI) helps child care programs improve their capacity to implement policies and practices that support healthy eating and physical activity in infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. The goal of BHCCI is to promote policy, systems and/or environmental change strategies in child care settings to increase the number of child care providers who:
Provide access to healthy foods
Provide access to healthy beverages
Provide access to physical activity opportunities
Decrease access to screen time
Increase opportunities for breastfeeding
We are conducting our Learning Collaborative, a 3-part training, in October, November, and December for:
Center-based Childcare Educators – English (October 21, November 11, December 9)
Family Childcare Educators – English (October 22, November 12, December 10)
Family Childcare Educators – Spanish (October 27, November 18, December 16)
Each session is from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm
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Family Childcare Educator Series (in Spanish)
Check out our resources below or email us at email@example.com for more information.
Stay informed about COVID-19 in your program
Protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19. Consider reviewing childcare activities using the 7 Characteristics for daily childcare routines.
When you plan activities in early childcare during COVID-19, pay attention to the risks. Use these seven characteristics to look at the routine and determine if it has low-risk or high-risk activities.
In June, the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control and Metro Boston Strong Start collaborated on a training for family childcare educators to discuss aspects of educator self-care, healthy eating, and physical activity reopening strategies. Many of the topics discussed were based on the Department of Early Education and Care's Health and Safety Guidelines.
Below you will find tips for reopening childcare facilities and keeping children safe and happy that resulted from this three-part training.