Healthy child care grows healthy kids. Denver’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) in Child Care Program is a voluntary and free program, committed to supporting licensed child care providers in creating a healthy environment for children and staff.
Colorado’s childhood obesity rate is ranked 23rd in the nation and is rising faster than in any other state. Since children develop a large amount of eating and physical activity habits during the formative years, caregivers can play an important role in shaping the healthy habits that will follow children into adulthood.
HEAL in Child Care focuses on five key areas:
Once child care programs express interest in participation, the first step is scheduling an appointment. During the initial meeting, our program administrator goes through an assessment with child care staff to find out about their current practices. Based on this information, the program is given a personalized list of suggested healthy practices to implement.
The Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) is a childhood obesity prevention program that supports evidence-based policy, system and environment changes to increase opportunities for students and staff to be physically active and eat healthy foods. HEAL in Child Care has partnered with this highly successful program to offer COWP’s facilitated action planning process to additional child care sites in Denver.
Resources available to participating child care programs include:
The following participating child care programs have implemented at least three new healthy polices, system or environmental changes at their sites:
1080 Learning Center, 1080 Kalamath St.
ABN Columbine Montessori, 131 W. 2nd Ave.
Jane Rost, 1203 S. Patton Ct.
Mountain View Child Care Center