Early Childhood Health

Healthy habits start early! Many Louisiana children spend time in child care, early education programs or family day care sites. Providers and families have a great opportunity to take care of children’s developing minds and growing bodies in the best way possible. Making sure kids are up and moving and eating healthy meals is key to ensuring that all of our children have a healthy, happy start in life. Well-Ahead Louisiana can help all child care settings create this healthy environment for the infants, toddlers, and families they serve.

Early Childhood Health Programs

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

NAP SACC is a provider-based program implemented in child care centers. The program promotes healthy weight development in preschool children by improving:
  • the quality of food served,
  • the amount and quality of physical activity,
  • staff-child interactions,
  • facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices, and
  • related environmental characteristics. 

If you are interested in participating in the NAP SACC program, email Leslie Lewis at leslie.lewis@la.gov.

Louisiana Screen Time Regulations Toolkit

Screen time is any time spent using electronic devices, including TV, videos, DVDs, computers, tablets, video games and handheld devices.  Children spend an average of seven hours per day using electronic devices (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016).  For growing bodies and developing minds, it is important to limit screen time use. 

This toolkit provides resources your center can use to write, implement and educate on the electronic devices policy and highlights resources for you to review that will help you as you work to limit and reduce screen time in your center.

Louisiana Screen Time Regulations Toolkit for Early Childhood Education Centers