The Health Department works with children, parents and staff in child care settings and schools to improve nutrition and physical activity.
Eat Well Play Hard: Nutrition Workshops for Children, Parents and Staff at Child Care Centers
At eligible child care centers, registered dietitians from the Health Department provide hands-on workshops on nutrition and physical activity. Using the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings curriculum, registered dietitians provide fun, engaging nutrition and cooking classes for 3- and 4-year-old children and for parents and caregivers. In addition, dietitians provide nutrition workshops for center staff. To find out if a center is eligible to participate or to get more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers' Markets for Kids
At select farmers' markets (PDF) from July-November, Farmers’ Markets for Kids’ provides free, bilingual food-based activities for children. Children explore fruits and vegetables, taste featured recipes and receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon.
To schedule a field trip, email email@example.com.
Farm to Preschool
Each week, from July through November, parents, staff and community members can purchase a produce box with a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating preschools. Prices range from $12 to $14, and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Health Bucks, cash, credit and debit are accepted.
Farm to Preschool also provides nutrition education and on-site food demonstrations. Lessons include the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and how to prepare simple, healthy recipes with locally grown produce. In addition, teachers use the United States Department of Agriculture's 'Grow it, Try it, Like it' curriculum in the classroom and garden, giving children hands on experience with in-season fruits and vegetables.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat Healthy, Be Active: A newsletter for Group Child Care Centers and distributed to directors of NYC child care centers each month. Tools and resources are provided to help center staff create and maintain a healthy environment for children and parents. Subscribe to the newsletter.
Growing Healthy Children: A Nutrition Education Curriculum for Preschools
Growing Healthy Children, a nutrition education curriculum (PDF), makes it easy for teachers of children 3-and-4 year old children to implement nutrition lessons and cooking activities in the classroom. It also includes bilingual handouts for caregivers. This curriculum is adapted, with permission, from the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings Curriculum developed by the New York State Department of Health's Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings for Pre-K through 1st Grade Nutrition Education curriculum
The Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings for Pre-K through 1st Grade Nutrition Education curriculum provides six modules of hands-on nutrition lessons for pre-K through 1st grade classrooms. It was developed by the New York City Health Department and is based on the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings Curriculum developed by the New York State Department of Health's Child and Adult Care Food Program. Download curriculum (PDF). For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Move-to-Improve Early Childhood curriculum
Move-to-Improve Early Childhood curriculum offers a comprehensive and engaging way to help teachers integrate physical activity into all areas of classroom academics. It is designed to help child care centers and preschools reach the NYC Health Code mandated 30 minutes of structured physical activity per day.
Toolkits and Promotional Materials
Growing Healthy Children: Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Child Care Settings (PDF) provides child care center with promotional materials to support the development of healthy habits. The Growing Healthy Children toolkit promotional materials include:
Breastfeeding and Child Care Centers
Breastfeeding provides many health benefits for both babies and mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, for the first six months, mothers feed their babies only breast milk. After that, breastfeeding is recommended for a year or longer, while starting on other foods.
Children's Oral Health
Tooth decay can affect adults and children, even infants and toddlers, but can be prevented. Learn about supporting children's oral health and obtain free posters for your child care center.
Curriculum and Education