Alabama is 1 of 6 States Selected for Child Care Aware® of America Project
Montgomery, Alabama – Child Care Aware® of America, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has selected the Alabama Partnership for Children to participate in the Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities project, a national initiative to promote healthy practices in child care settings.
 
The collaboration leverages technical assistance support from Child Care Aware® of America to assist the Alabama Partnership for Children in developing a comprehensive plan to promote health and nutrition, while preventing obesity in child care settings.  Alabama joins Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, New York and North Carolina in the Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities project.
 
“As the 5th most obese state in the nation, the Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities project provides a critical opportunity to build a statewide obesity prevention framework – starting with our youngest children,” Alabama Partnership for Children Executive Director Gail Piggott said.
In the first year, the Alabama Partnership for Children will develop a state profile that gathers data on child care access and obesity to determine the state’s greatest health needs in child care. The state profile will also include Alabama’s existing child care regulations and initiatives impacting healthy practices. This research will guide the development of state-specific tools, materials, and advocacy strategies to promote nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention in early childhood settings.
 
The Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities project will complement additional initiatives of the Alabama Partnership for Children that include support and resources for obesity prevention in early childhood settings. Alabama’s Farm to Preschool program reports that children consume as much as 80% of daily nutrients in their child care programs, and there is optimum opportunity for ensuring physical activity and limited screen time – all effective prevention strategies.
 
The Alabama Partnership for Children is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for Alabama’s children from birth to 5 years of age. This public-private partnership focuses on finding ways to use the state’s limited resources most efficiently to ensure that every Alabama child will have an opportunity to succeed in life. For more information, contact the Alabama Partnership for Children, toll-free, 1-866-711-4025.
 
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