Child Development Division
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids to promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school agencies, early childhood programs, and communities. The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.
Active play is essential to the optimal physical development and overall health of young children. Physical activity embedded throughout the preschool day promotes children's ability to attend to, learn, and regulate their emotional responses. Active physical play not only enhances the body's physiological functions (i.e., physical fitness), it promotes optimal brain chemistry for self-regulation and enhances learning readiness. As such, it should be fully integrated into the regular preschool day.
Lifelong eating habits are shaped during a child's early years. Teachers of young children have a special opportunity to help children establish a healthy relationship with food and lay the foundation for sound eating habits. Nutrition education and activities help set children on the path to a healthful lifestyle. Providing nutritionally balanced meals and snacks and integrating nutrition education and healthy eating habits in the home and early childhood environment can help prevent health risks such as childhood obesity.
California Department of Education/Child Development Division Resources
- California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2
The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2, is a curriculum planning guide for the domains of Visual and Performing Arts (chapter 2), Physical Development (chapter 3) and Health (chapter 4), with a focus on the teaching strategies, environments, interactions, materials, and activities that enrich learning and development opportunities for young children. This publication is a companion to the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 2, and is scheduled for release in mid-October 2011.
- California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Curriculum Framework
The California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Curriculum Framework is a curriculum planning guide for the domains of Social-Emotional Development (chapter 3), Language Development (chapter 4), Cognitive Development (chapter 5), and Perceptual and Motor Development (chapter 6). This publication is a companion to the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations, and is scheduled for release later this year.
- I Am Moving, I Am Learning
I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. IMIL seeks to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day. IMIL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, through the Office of Head Start.
- Let's Move
Insights and advice about early childhood nutrition and physical activity.
First Lady Michelle Obama and The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched Let’s Move Child Care, a new effort to promote children’s health by encouraging and supporting healthier physical activity and nutrition practices for children in child care. Checklists, action plans, and technical assistance are available to assist in instituting healthy choices in family child care and child care center settings.