In 2013 Child Care Aware® of Missouri was selected to partner with Nemours and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement the National Early Care and Education (ECE) Learning Collaborative project called Taking Steps for Healthy Success – Missouri. As one of just six states piloting this national project, Taking Steps to Healthy Success aims to promote healthy environments and policies at early child care centers across Missouri. The first year of the project targets ECE programs in three (3) geographic areas throughout the state:
- Central Missouri – Columbia/Jefferson
- Eastern Missouri – St. Louis Area
- Southern Missouri – Springfield/Joplin Area
Click here to download the Taking Steps to Health Success informational flier.
What are Child Care professionals getting out of the Taking Steps to Healthy Success Learning Collaboratives? Hear their story of change, below.
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Goals of Taking Steps to Healthy Success Learning Collaboratives
Aligned with objectives of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care Campaign, Taking Steps to Healthy Success supports healthier environments for children, their families, and staff through:
- Increasing physical activity
- Reducing screen time
- Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
- Providing nutrition and breastfeeding support
- Engaging families as partners
- Meeting the center’s health and wellness goals
Benefits of Participation
Child care centers participating in Taking Steps to Healthy Success commit to a year-long learning collaborative. The learning collaborative is a committed cohort of child care directors, teachers and food service staff who come together for five (5), full-day learning sessions per year to:
- learn and share best practices around health and wellness
- learn new and creative approaches to fostering health for all children
- receive innovative resources and tools to support family health
- create a community of learners and resources for on-going support
Participating centers also receive (at no cost to their center):
- Resources, toolkits and materials to support each center’s goals
- On-site technical assistance
- Training techniques and materials to share with staff onsite including video education program
- Clock hours
- Up to $500.00 stipend per center
- Grant opportunities
Centers interested in participation can click here for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Child Care Aware® of Missouri is a subawardee to Nemours, who is currently funded by the CDC under a five-year Cooperative Agreement (1U58DP004102) to support states in launching ECE learning collaboratives focused on obesity prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the U.S. Government.