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Healthy Early Childhood Toolkit

The following resources have been identified by the Early Childhood Working Group for early childhood providers and teachers. The purpose of these resources is to pull together in one place links to existing resources that support healthy eating and physical activity in an early childhood setting.  Additional resources related to childhood obesity prevention can be found on the Links page.

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1.  Healthy Eating

  • Share Our Strength/Operation Frontline Chicago
    Offers a meal planning and preparation workshop for early childhood providers.

  • Team Nutrition
    The USDA’s website for early childhood nutrition includes information, tips and other resources supporting the Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines. Infant feeding guidelines can be found here.

  • University of Illinois Extension
    Multiple facts, guidelines and ideas for working and eating with children.

  • Healthy Start
    This curriculum for ages 3-5 is designed to teach healthy lifestyles in the early childhood classroom setting.

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2.  Physical Activity

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3.  Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

  • HealthConnect One
    A nationally recognized nonprofit training and technical assistance agency which promote the health of mothers, infants, and families.  The organization works with grassroots social service providers to transform distressed communities throughout Chicago.

  • Illinois WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
    This federal program provides food and health services for low income pregnant women, new mothers and mothers with young children. Participants must meet specific income and health requirements.

  • La Leche League International
    Helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

  • National Women’s Health Resource Center
    Helps soon-to-be and new mothers on all aspects of health related to pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.  Offers tips for each trimester, exercising during pregnancy, keys to successful breastfeeding, etc.

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4.  Dental Health

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5.  Brochures and Fact Sheets


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