Resources for Child Care Providers

1862669In addition to our comprehensive, setting specific toolkits, we have a number of resources for child care programs to adopt 5-2-1-0:

  • Grab & Go Activities Ring: This tool provides quick and easy activities for children age birth to 18 months, 18 – 36 months, and 3 – 5 years.

  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): provides cash reimbursement to child and adult day care providers for serving meals and snacks meeting USDA standards to participants enrolled in care. Learn if you qualify and how to participate.
  • Exploring Food Together Toolkit: is produced by the Cooking Matters Program. The toolkit consists of simple activities that adults who work with young children can use, in the classroom or in the home, to help kids learn about new foods and start building the skills to make healthy food choices.
  • Let’s Move! Child Care: This initiative provides tools and resources (including online webinars) to promote healthy eating and physical activity in centers and family child care homes for children from birth to age 5.
  • Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ):  MRTQ is the Early Care and Education Career Development Center for Maine. They offer core knowledge training, scholarships, a provider registry for tracking ongoing training and educational accomplishments, and maintain the calendar for statewide continuing education training opportunities for early care and education providers.
  • WinterKids: WinterKids helps kids develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. The Preschool GOAL offers active, outdoor activities aligned with Maine Early Learning Guidelines for Child Care education providers. Participants in the WinterKids ECE Challenge receive training and incentives to increase physical activity.
  • Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers: Resource Kit: A free resource kit developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to assist child care providers and community groups in implementing strategies to promote, protect and support breastfeeding women. Includes thorough resources to assist child care programs in reaching each of the 10 steps.