It Starts With Early Child Care
Why Early Childhood and Child Care?
As children age their habits solidify and become much more difficult to change. Good nutrition and plenty of physical activity are key to a young child’s growth and development. The early years of childhood – from birth to age 5 – is a critical period for the development of these healthy behaviors that can have a lifelong impact on a child’s quality of life.
Many children are in a childcare setting, often for several hours each day. Because of this, the child care environment and providers play an important role in helping the children in their care develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that will last a lifetime.
What We Do
The goal of Let’s Go!’s Early Childhood work is to bring about environmental and policy changes that support healthy eating and physical activity. We aim to do this in multiple settings that reach children from birth to age 5.
Because Let’s Go!’s Early Childhood efforts focus on child care settings, the program is called 5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care. Let’s Go! uses this program to support child care providers in raising a healthier generation of children. 5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care is based upon the ten key strategies listed below, and uses a 6-step process to guide child care programs in creating an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity for the children in their care.