Early Care and Education

The first 5 years of life are the foundation that shapes children’s development and lays the ground work for a healthy future.  HealthMPowers has partnered with the Department of Public Health, Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Shape to improve the health of young children and the quality of child care in the state. The training provided through the program guides early care providers in the creation and improvement of wellness policies and practices with a focus on healthy eating and physical activity.

Over 200 Georgia centers have been trained through the Growing Fit program with a variety of funding sources.  The HealthMPowers Child Care sector is currently serving more than 65 Child Care Learning Centers and Family Child Care Learning Homes through a SNAP-Ed funded multi-year program to help each Center and Home improve their nutrition and physical activity programs and policies. The HealthMPowers staff helps Centers and Homes identify teams to lead the effort to assess current programs and policies and design improvement plans for the priority areas they want to strengthen. They also provide training on innovative nutrition and physical activity model lessons for each classroom and provide exciting resources to help Centers and Homes put their plans into action for each child and family they serve.

2016-2017 Reach

Children: 8,972

Centers: 132

Early Care and Education

Additional Links

SNAP-Ed

Growing Fit

Resources

Success Stories