Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

The NJ YMCA State Alliance has been awarded funding from Nemours Children’s Health System.  The Nemours Foundation’s Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Project is funded by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to support obesity prevention strategies in the early childcare and education setting.

The Healthy Kids Healthy Future Project aims to support ECE (early care and education) centers through professional development, technical assistance, tools/resources, and financial support to embed obesity prevention into state ECE systems. This includes professional development, peer networks, and childcare licensing.  Grantee sites will complete professional development for implementing: the national CATCH Curriculum, Start Healthy Stay Healthy parental education (early care nutrition in the first 1000 days of life; pre-natal – age 2) and utilization of Go NAPSACC.

Go NAP SACC provides tools that support providers in improving the health of young children through practices that instill habits supporting lifelong health and well-being.  This includes assessments, technical assistance and training on key topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, and oral health.

CATCH Early Childhood (CEC) is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Children are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun.