This brief from Docs for Tots reviews the evidence of the cost-benefits of integrating health promotion with early learning in early care and education programs.

RWJ is a national foundation focuses on health policy, prevention, leadership development and research. Recent work has focused on preventing obesity, ensuring health insurance coverage, and quality of health care. 12/2012

Children who eat more salty foods also drink more sweetened beverages. Children who drink more than one sugar-containing beverage per day are 26% more likely to be overweight or obese. These findings are from a study that enrolled over 4,200 Australian children. The study findings are in the January 2013 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Screening young children’s development and behavior should be routine. Screening identifies children who need further evaluation to see if they have a problem. With early identification, children can receive services when they benefit the most from them.

In a June 2011 report, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended obesity control measures for children in 5 areas:
1. Growth Monitoring
2. Physical Activity
3. Healthy Eating
4. Limiting Screen Time and Marketing Exposure for Children
5. Sufficient Sleep.

ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA has prepared a Care Plan form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs.The majority of early care and education programs enroll children with special health needs. The most common chronic medical conditions among children are allergy and asthma. Teachers/caregivers need to know the specific details about each enrolled child with a medical or other special condition. The form collects the essential information. It includes how to care for a child's daily needs and to handle an emergency. Early care and education staff should arrange for parents and health professionals to complete the form when the child is first considered for enrollment and anytime a new medical condition develops. Download the Care Plan form and an explanation of each item on the form. Reviewed and updated  4/2017

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