Child care Center WellSpot Benchmarks

Child Care Center WellSpots

Child care centers have the ability to create healthy behaviors in children from infancy as well as positively influencing teachers and staff members. Children who have proper nutrition and physical activity from ages 0-4 will be better prepared for success when they begin school. 

To learn more about the benchmarks for child care center WellSpots and to get your child care center moving Well-Ahead, take the
child care center assessment.  

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Child Care Center WellSpot Benchmarks

All child care center WellSpots must be designated tobacco-free locations. In addition to being tobacco-free, child care centers may meet additional wellness benchmarks.

Level Three

Level Two

Level One

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Three additional benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • NAP SACC or Let's Move Assessment
  • Five additional benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met
Benchmarks Documentation/Verification

Comprehensive tobacco-free policy

Copy of policy

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Promotion of the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline or another approved cessation service organization

Written description or pictures of ways in which the LA Tobacco Quitline or other service is promoted

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Designation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace or Champion 

Well-Ahead LA will verify this benchmark is met with the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. 

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Worksite Wellness Program - Beginning Implementation
The first steps in beginning a worksite wellness program are gaining support from management, determining who will lead the program, and planning an initial assessment of your employees to determine current health habits and interests.

  • Letter from management indicating support for a worksite wellness program
  • Name of the designated staff person to lead the program
  • Brief description of worksite/employee assessments planned, in progress, or completed
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Worksite Wellness Program - Full Implementation
Once you’ve assessed your employees, you will utilize the results to develop a work plan of activities or programs to encourage healthy behaviors surrounding physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and mental health.

Copy of wellness work plan or calendar of events specific to the organization, reflective of assessment results, and including activity descriptions related to physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and mental health

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Promotion of the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! message in at least two ways

Written description or pictures of at least two ways in which the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! message is promoted to employees and parents.

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

At least 50% of vending items in each snack and beverage machine or provided snack options meet approved healthy vending guidelines

Inventory of vending machine or snack options from vendor (with nutritional information if available) or picture of vending machine (if nutritional information is posted on the machine)

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Completed self-assessment for Let's Move! Child Care or enrolled and completed NAP SACC self-assessment with LDH

Let’s Move: Copy of completed self-assessment
NAP SACC:  Well-Ahead LA will verify completion of self-assessment with the LDH OPH Bureau of Family Health

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION 

Fully implemented action plan for Let's Move! Child Care or completion of NAP SACC program and implementation of action plan

Let’s Move: Copy of fully implemented action plan plus 2-3 examples of action plan implementation
NAP SACC:  Certificate of completion and 2-3 examples of action plan implementation

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Provide monthly oral health care education to children and parents or implement a tooth brushing program

Oral health care education: Copy of materials/lesson plans used
Tooth brushing program: Copy of program materials

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Implementation of at least one of the following practices for modeling healthy behaviors to students/children:

  • No sugar sweetened beverages or unhealthy snacks consumed in front of children
  • Staff sit and eat meals and snacks with children
  • Staff participate in active play time

Written description or pictures of ways in which practices for modeling healthy behaviors are implemented  

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Sun safety policy

Copy of policy and pictures or written description of at least two ways in which the policy is being implemented

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Promotion of self-assessment tools for prediabetes and heart health among employees

Written description or pictures of ways in which the self-assessment tools are promoted

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