Leaving your child in someone else’s care is never an easy decision to make. Parents look long and hard to find just the right environment, where they’re sure their kids will be not only safe, but as healthy as possible. According to a survey developed by PHA, 91 percent of parents choose a childcare center based on its commitment to providing a healthy environment.
The number one thing they look for? Access to free, safe drinking water.
KinderCare Education is one of five PHA childcare partners that has committed to providing a healthier environment for the children under its care, based on the Yale Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool (WellCCAT).
Among the steps they’ve promised to take? Providing free, safe drinking water throughout the day in place of sugary beverages. KinderCare Education is the largest private, early childhood education provider in the country, with more than 2,000 locations in the U.S. Its commitment reflects WellCCAT best practices such as limiting screen time, increasing opportunities for physical activity, providing healthy food and beverage choices, making it easier for moms to breastfeed if they wish and offering nutrition education for parents.
KinderCare has promised to incorporate these practices at 95 percent of its facilities, where kids will find fruits and vegetables with every meal, family-style eating, and healthier beverage choices such as water and low-fat milk. They’ll get at least an hour of physical activity each day and as much time outside as the weather allows.
In 2018, KinderCare signed on for a second commitment with us. This time, KinderCare has committed to a number of changes involving center menus and nutrition programs, including removing all grain-based desserts from 100 percent of their centers, incorporating at least one culturally diverse dish each week a vegetarian entrée twice per week on their standard menu, ensuring healthy options are offered during all holiday events and celebrations, integrating parent education into the KinderCare Cooking Academy and developing a nutrition training curriculum for Center Directors and Cooks. Additionally, KinderCare plans to assess current garden offerings at centers, develop a package of new scalable indoor and outdoor gardening options and share best practices for gardening initiatives in early childhood education.
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