5-2-1-0 in Childcare

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The 5-2-1-0 Goes to Childcare Toolkit is a step-by-step guide for launching, leading and evaluating your 5-2-1-0 program. Inside you will find resources to help you conduct an assessment, create an action plan, and implement the 10 Strategies for Success.


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5-2-1-0 in Childcare

Connect with Others

A community of peers provides a solid foundation for healthy living. Learn about our Let's Move Symposium and 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series, which bring parents, caregivers and community leaders together to make our region a healthy place for children and discuss important topics related to health and wellness.  

Professional Development 

Below, you will find several trainings from Let’s Go!, Keystone Kids Go!, and Better Kid Care. You can complete the modules of interest to you as you have time and at your own pace. 

Let’s Go!

Let’s Go! Trainings are designed to educate childcare providers on different physical activity and nutrition-related topics for young children. Trainings offer printable handouts, lesson quizzes and a certificate of completion. No registration is required to review trainings. 

Keystone Kids Go! 

The Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAP SACC) is a product of Keystone Kids Go! Each training takes approximately one hour to complete. Register with PA KEYS to Quality to receive professional development hours for Keystone STARS.

Better Kid Care 
Better Kid Care trainings are offered online through the Penn State Extension On Demand program. Better Kid Care's distance education program assists childcare providers in obtaining research-based professional development and is accepted for PA Department of Public Welfare/Keystone STARS professional development requirements. Better Kid Care's professional development is also accepted by many states for licensing or quality rating requirements. Sign up on the Penn State Extension website to access On Demand trainings.

  • A Good Night’s Sleep: How Sleep Affects Health
    Sleep is as essential to good health as nutrition and physical activity. Researchers continue to discover ways in which sleep affects health in children. Recent connections have been made between sleep and hormone regulation as it relates to the risk of obesity. Association between brain development, cognitive and behavioral effects are areas of interest as well. This lesson explores the relationship of sleep and health including helpful tips and recommendations for age-specific requirements. (K7.3 C1, CDA 1) 2 hours
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Increase Physical Activity
    Goal number one in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative is to get kids moving (increase physical activity). Research shows that physical activity provides many benefits for everyone and that it is important for parents and care providers to be good role models. This lesson can help child care providers learn the most up-to-date recommendations for physical activity levels for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and presents new ways to keep kids moving. (K7.3 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Limit Screen Time
    Goal two in Let’s Move! Child Care is to reduce (limit) screen time. Studies show that children who spend more time viewing TV are at an increased risk for overweight and obesity due to increased sedentary activity. Screen time refers to all digital media including TV and can interfere with cognitive development for children under the age of two. Child care providers will learn the best practice recommendations and gain an understanding for why it is important to reduce (limit) screen time for young children. (K7.3 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Offer Healthy Beverages
    The fourth goal in the Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative is to provide (offer) healthy beverages. Calories found in beverages count just like calories in food so it is important to make sure that the healthiest choices are offered. With so many beverage options now available, the choices can be confusing to parents and caregivers. Child care providers will learn appropriate beverage options for children in their care, the benefits of healthy beverages and strategies for how best to transition to serving them. (K7.12 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Serve Healthy Food
    The third goal in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative is to nurture healthy eaters (serve healthy food). Lay the foundation for healthy choices and habits early in childhood by serving healthy food and providing positive mealtime experiences in the child care setting. Child care professionals will learn the benefits of offering healthy food including strategies and ideas to encourage healthy eating. (K7.12 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Support Infant Feeding
    Goal number five in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative is to support infant breastfeeding by encouraging mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding benefits mothers and babies in many ways, including helping to prevent childhood obesity. Continuing to breastfeed for the recommended amount of time can be challenging, especially when children need to be in child care. Child care providers will learn practical solutions for encouraging and supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies. (K7.13 C1, CDA 2) 2 hours
  • Children Can Cook
    Cooking with young children is an important way for them to learn through sensory exploration. Safety concerns, as well as the potential “mess” often prohibit families and early educators from including children in cooking activities. This lesson provides practical guidance for fun and manageable ideas to encourage children in the development of their culinary skills. (K7.3 C2 CDA2) 2 hours
  • Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals: Basics
    Healthy food is essential for everyone’s well-being. Child care providers play a key role in helping children get needed nourishment and also develop healthy habits. Cooking knowledge and skills enable early care and education professionals to provide healthy, low-cost options for children, to engage in cooking activities with children, and to encourage healthy eating at home. This module introduces many hands-on activities to help improve skills in planning and preparing meals for children. (K7.3 C1, CDA2) 2 hours
  • Food Safety in Child Care: From Prep to Cleanup
    Providing healthy and safe food in child care is a key role for both center and home-based child care practitioners. Preventing foodborne illness (FBI), and making sure children are safe from choking risks and other food-related injuries, requires awareness and planning. This lesson describes guidelines for food safety practices that will enable child care providers to make food healthy and safe for the children in their care. (K7.14 C1, CDA 1) 2 hours
  • Get Outdoors. Explore.
    Research documents the benefits of playing, learning, and simply being outdoors. National and international movements encourage more time in nature. However, this can be challenging for early care professionals. In this lesson, adult facilitators view examples of rural, suburban, and urban programs that support outdoor fun. Grow in confidence, understanding and capacity to support best practices in outdoor play for birth to school-age children. (K7.3 C2 CDA2) 2 hours
  • Go Healthy! It All Begins With You
    Child care practitioners are important role models for the children in their care. The phrase "actions speak louder than words" is especially true for children since they watch and imitate what adults are doing. Being a healthy role model not only is important for the children but enables the care provider to have the energy and good health to meet the demands of the job. This lesson explores key concepts and actions for modeling healthy behaviors for children. (K7.3 C2 CDA 1) 2 hours
  • Healthy and Hunger Free Children: Resources for Families
    Even in the United States where there seems to be an abundance of food and easy access to it, the reality is that 47 percent of children under the age of three are in low income families and one in four live in poverty. Children in poverty are almost five times more likely to have poorer health than their peers who are in families with higher income levels. This lesson explores the federal nutrition programs that provide important food and education resources for families in need. (K7.13 C1 CDA2) 2 hours
  • I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Active Play Every Day!
    This lesson explores the importance of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in order to promote healthy habits in children. Research indicates that 25% of children do not get MVPA during their regular day. For happier, healthier, and stronger children, plus to maintain healthy body weight, discover ways to encourage children to get moving, and be physically active. This lesson reflects the goals and practices of the “I Am Moving, I Am Learning” (IMIL) approach. (K2.4 C1, CDA1) 2 hours
  • I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Take It Outside!
    This lesson explores the importance of outdoor time and outdoor play in order to promote healthy habits in children. Research shows that children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation. For happier, healthier, and stronger children, plus to maintain healthy body weight, discover ways to encourage them to get outside, get moving, and connect with the natural world. This lesson reflects the goals and practices of the “I Am Moving, I Am Learning” (IMIL) project. (K2.4 C1, CDA2) 2 hours
  • Nutrition Links: A Food and Nutrition Program for Low-income Families (PA residents only)
    Eating healthy on a budget can be a significant challenge for many families. Nutrition Links is a program offered through Penn State Extension that provides evidence-based nutrition education for low-income families. Hands-on cooking opportunities along with practical strategies help families make better nutrition and health decisions. Child care providers can host Nutrition Links programs as a valuable family engagement opportunity that can encourage healthy practices at home and in the child care setting. (K7.3 C2 CDA2) 2 hours
  • Smart from the Start: Teacher Training for Pre-K Wellness Curriculum
    Smart from the Start is a health and wellness curriculum developed by Discovery Education in partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and is designed to teach young children healthy eating and physical activity habits. This free curriculum and supporting resources provide activities including parent engagement. Learn about the concept of balancing healthy food and physical activity for preschoolers and best practice strategies for implementation within a variety of early care and education settings. (K7.3 C2 CDA2 ) 2 hours
  • Supporting Families in Healthy Living
    Work, family, activities – life is full and it is challenging to balance all of that with choices that lead to good health. This lesson examines ways child care providers can support these efforts and offers practical ideas for ways to encourage families to make healthier choices now to increase the potential for good health in the future. (K7.3 C2, CDA 4) 2 hours

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