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Early Care and Education

CalFresh Healthy Living Early Childhood (or Early Care and Education) (ECE) activities include nutrition education, physical activity integration, and also providing technical assistance with assessing ECE settings to support best practices of children’s nutrition and physical activity environments.

CalFresh Healthy Living ECE trainings focus on providing support to local implementing agency staff that provide technical assistance to direct care providers in ECE settings or conduct activities with children ages zero to five. In-person workshops and webinars include interactive activities to support learning.  

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Train-the-Trainer

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Implementing PSE Strategies in Early Care and Education Settings

Facilitator's Guide

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Implementing PSE Strategies in Early Care and Education Settings (WORD, 8.4MB)

PowerPoint

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Implementing PSE Strategies in Early Care and Education Settings (PPT, 19.5MB)

Materials

ECE Assessment Tools Activity (PDF)
Getting Started with Farm to Preschool (PDF)
Next Steps (PDF)
Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children - English (PDF, 2.4MB)
Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children - Spanish (PDF, 2.7MB)
ECE Physical Activity & Nutrition Templates and Policies 
Painting Preschool Playgrounds for Movement Guide (PDF, 2.83MB)
Painting Preschool Playgrounds for Movement Additional Materials (PDF)

Early Care and Education: Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children

Facilitator's Guide

Early Care and Education: Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children (WORD, 6.0MB)

PowerPoint

Early Care and Education: Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children (PPT, 16.6MB)

Materials

ECE: Physical Activity Toolkit Agenda (WORD)
Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children - English (PDF, 2.4MB)
Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children - Spanish (PDF, 2.7MB)
ECE Physical Activity & Nutrition Templates and Policies
ECE Structured vs. Unstructured Matching Activity (WORD)
ECE Planning Template (WORD)
ECE Scavenger Hunt Handout (WORD)

Webinars

CalFresh Healthy Living Connection - Evidence Based Interventions

Additional Resources

The resources listed below are intended to complement CalFresh Healthy Living trainings provided. For questions on allowability of use in implementing CalFresh Healthy Living activities, please contact your CalFresh Healthy Living State Implementing Agency contact for clarification and guidance.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)

USDA’s Behavioral Milestones (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Early Care and Education

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs

California Preschool Learning Foundations

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