Welcome to the ChildcareMAPP website! ChildcareMAPP was developed to provide child care staff, staff trainers and families with information and resources about healthy eating, play and growth for young children. By providing these resources we hope to support all caregivers to build partnerships among child care staff and parents that improve environments for young children and ultimately lead to optimal growth, development and health.
ChildcareMAPP is the result of a collaboration among University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Idaho and Washington State University that was generously supported by the United States Agricultural Department. All of the materials are provided for your usage, free of charge.
Goals and Objectives:
The overarching goal of this project was to develop a program of work to provide child care trainers, via a multi-media training web site, with resources and training modules to instruct child care staff in healthy eating, physical activity, and prevention of obesity in young children. A second goal was to build a training program that would help child care staff build provider-parent partnerships to prevent early childhood obesity. This knowledge and training give trainers and educators support for:
· planning interactive staff trainings on the prevention of childhood obesity that incorporate adult learning principles;
· establishing realistic and evidence-based feeding strategies and physical activity opportunities for the child care setting;
· identifying existing materials for young children that can be used by staff and parents to improve children’s eating and physical activity levels, in order to help prevent obesity;
· helping staff learn to communicate their concerns about children’s eating, physical activity, and growth to parents and to build partnerships with parents that will synergistically act to prevent childhood obesity;
· giving staff and parents strategies to help children achieve self-regulation of energy intake;
The primary target for this project was the child care trainer who repeatedly interfaces with staff to impart information and supply resources to elevate the quality of child care. The secondary targets are child care providers and parents as the purveyors of nutrition and physical activity knowledge and models of healthful lifestyles. The following comprise our specific objectives for this body of work:
· To develop and provide child care trainers with up-to-date knowledge of nutrition and physical activity research and strategies to teach staff methods to help prevent childhood obesity.
· To provide trainers with evidenced-based knowledge about pediatric obesity, problem recognition, children’s self regulation of eating, physical activity, behaviors that contribute to energy imbalance, and to develop strategies for mealtimes that support children’s self-regulation of energy intake.
· To modify the Feeding Young Children in Group Settings (FYCIGS) web site to include classic and fast-breaking research on childhood nutrition, developmentally appropriate play, pediatric obesity, and healthy growth for children and to augment the site with a Parents’ Corner to facilitate transfer of knowledge to parents.
· To identify and link to existing support materials (from e.g. USDA or Cooperative Extension; in English and Spanish) for trainers to use in their workshops and conferences with providers. When there are gaps in existing materials, we will develop additional educational materials.
· To develop video vignettes from child care settings for use in trainings to operationalize nutrition and physical activity principles in the child care and home setting. Our experience suggests that seeing examples of training points is an extremely effective teaching strategy.
· To develop materials that help trainers to teach child care staff how to communicate concerns regarding children’s growth and eating to parents—including helping parents to recognize their child’s growth and nutrition issues, concerns about sedentary behaviors, emotional aspects of eating and points where provider and parent needs intersect, like the contents of lunchboxes and snacks that children bring to child care.