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California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education and Support Division (EESD).

The EESD is pleased to announce the online publication All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children¡¯s Early Development. This publication provides resources for families based on the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations and the California Preschool Learning Foundations.

Parents and family members can find out what skills help children from birth to five learn, how they learn language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies. The name of the Web site is All About Young Children, and includes video clips of children's activities followed by parents' discussion, print materials of five domains in five age groups, audio files, and downloadable materials.

 

Let¡¯s Move! Child Care Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

In a few weeks, Let¡¯s Move! Child Care (LMCC) (http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/) will celebrate its 3rd anniversary. Part of First Lady Michelle Obama¡¯s Let¡¯s Move! Initiative to raise a generation of healthier kids, LMCC is a voluntary effort to empower early care and education providers to instill healthy choices from the start. One in five children is overweight or obese by age 6. With about 12 million babies and young children in child care and 1 million in Head Start nationwide, child care and Head Start providers have an important opportunity to prevent childhood obesity by supporting the following LMCC goals:

1)     Increase Physical Activity
Provide 1¨C2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible. The summer months are an especially fun time to get active outside. To stay safe, remember to keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. For children older than 6 months, try to limit sun exposure when UV rays are strongest, dress children in protective sun hats and shatter-resistant sunglasses with UV protection, and apply sunscreen.

2)     Reduce Screen Time
No screen time for children under 2 years. For children age 2 and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1¨C2 hours of quality screen time per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

3)     Improve Food Choices
Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family style whenever possible, and don't serve fried foods.

4)     Provide Healthy Beverages
Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and don't serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat (1%) or nonfat milk and no more than one 4- to 6-ounce serving of 100% juice per day.

5)     Support Breastfeeding
For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day. Support all new parents' decisions about infant feeding.








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