As an association of stakeholders, NCCA will continue to provide guidance to its members.
Early childhood settings should be encouraged to adopt standards consistent with AAP recommendations not to expose children two years of age and under to television, as well as to limit media exposure for older children by treating it as a special occasion activity rather than a daily event.
Recommendation 1.10: The Federal government, incorporating input from health care providers and other stakeholders, should provide clear, actionable guidance to states, providers, and families on how to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and reduce screen time in early child care settings.
Recommendation 1.11: States should be encouraged to strengthen licensing standards and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems to support good program practices regarding nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early education and child care settings.
Child care centers and providers, health care providers, and government agencies should provide accurate information about the storage and handling of breast milk.They should also make sure child care employees and providers know how to store, handle, and feed breast milk, and understand the importance of breastfeeding. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers a very extensive website.
Recommendation 1.9: The AAP guidelines on screen time should be made more available in early childhood settings.
Recommendation 1.12: The Federal government should look for opportunities in all early childhood programs it funds (such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program at USDA, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start, military child care, and Federal employee child care) to base policies and practices on current scientific evidence related to child nutrition and physical activity, and seek to improve access to these programs.
Let's Move - Early Childhood Reccomendations affecting Center Providers