Reach a Little Higher for Healthy Child Care

Oct 5, 2012 by

Reach a Little Higher for Healthy Child Care

In September, Washington State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) released new draft rules for School-Age child care settings. We were pleased to see that DEL agrees with our call for advancing contemporary standards in several key areas – more physical activity and less screen time is needed for our kids, whether they’re in child care before or after school. You can view the draft rules here.

Please join us in applauding DEL for ensuring that our school-age kids experience healthier environments when enrolled in child care.

We also hope you will join us in requesting DEL to push a little bit further in providing the resources and knowledge providers needed to create a better nutritional setting, and to clarify some of the screen time and physical activity rules. We’ve combed through the rules with our Child Care Workgroup, including leaders in nutrition, child care, education, academia, and pediatrics. The final product is our letter to DEL, found here.

If you are interested in what the Department of Early Learning can do for Washington kids, and want to ensure that there’s a healthy bar for school-age kids in child care, tell DEL that you support COPC’s recommendations to their draft rules (and feel free to add your own, too!). The comment period ends Wednesday, October 10, 2012, so get your letter of support in soon. Contact information can be found here.

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