California Early Care and Education

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Why does the American Heart Association want to fund healthy environments in child care centers and homes?
 


 434,000 children are within subsidized child care and preschools in California. 50% of children ages 0-5 in LA County spend at least part of their day in child care. 13% of California’s low-income children are in high quality early education programs. 33% of providers said they did not have enough money to make the healthy changes they wished to incorporate in their site. Need for Healthy Early Child Care: Problem: California ranks 6th in the nation of states in percent of 2 to 4-year olds in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program who are obese. The number of African-American and Latino children will develop type-2 diabetes in their lifetimes if the problem continues. 70% of children will have a dental disease tied to high consumption of sugary drinks by their

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Healthy Food Habits in Early Care and Education (ECE) Environments and at Home

Ronneisha Davis Lewis
Moore's Daycare Preparatory School, Inc.
(Family Child Care Assistant Director)

CA Early Childhood 1Every kid deserves a healthy start in life. No matter where children live or go for early care and education, they deserve healthy food and age appropriate physical activity.

Moore's Daycare Preparatory School, Inc., an early care and education center located in the West Athens neighborhood of Los Angeles, prepares young children for an early start in school by offering a classroom setting with qualified teachers and Spanish lessons.

According to research published in Preventive Medicine Reports, healthy eating and physical activity are associated with better learning in children ages six months to five years of age.

“Implementing healthy habits in early care and education is important to me because I’m a parent first,” said Ronneisha Davis Lewis, Family Child Care Assistant Director. “You have to present healthy food as fun and exciting and not as a punishment,” she added.

CA Early Childhood 2Ronneisha believes that public funding will allow her to allocate more money towards showcasing healthy food lists, charts and posters around her center, along with other information to educate parents on healthy habits they can incorporate at home.

“I want to have a checklist for parents and kids so that parents can see what vegetables their child had and the time they spent outside,” said Ronneisha.

Ronneisha is a firm believer that healthy environments will not only enrich the lives of children, but parents and caregivers as well.
 

 
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