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Our Path to Accredidation

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Randashay Jenrette

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Our Path to NAEYC Accredidation
Nutrition
-Encourage making healthy dietary choices
-Introduce students to new tastes, textures and foods
-Emphasize the importance of being aware of food allergies and sensitivities as well as any student action plans that require review.
-Offer healthy meals and snacks at the center.

Safety
-Exploring safe practices at home and what to do in an emergency
-Impress the importance of being aware of surroundings and stranger danger
-Emphasize fire safety procedures at home and at school
Introduction
Since 1985, NAEYC's national accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children (NAEYC, 2016).

Our center is working to earn its accreditation from NAEYC. This presentation will cover ideas and key points for center improvements, resources we can offer to families to implement at home and strategies we can use in the classroom to reinforce these vital health and wellness issues. All while focusing on accreditation.
Conclusion
With a center that addresses the health and wellness of the whole child we will be well on our way to providing a quality childcare program and steps closer to our goal on this Path to NAEYC Accreditation!

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Health
-Explain the correlation between regular hand washing and staying healthy
- Review the center policy on childhood illness, communicable diseases and infections and our policy for dealing with each
-offer information and resources for parents regarding vaccination
-Emphasize and model adequate physical
activity.
Take proper precautions as it pertains
to food safety.
At Home...
Parents can include kids in grocery shopping and meal planning. They can model healthy eating habits by offering whole grains, lean meats and lots of fruits and veggies.
For resistant students or parents we could offer family cooking or meal prep workshops. If able the center could offer to supply meals to students, this would ensure healthy choices at least while at the center.
At home...
Families can work to devise a home safety fire plan with their kids. This plan should include what to do in an emergency, how to get out of the house, and where to meet.
For students that are apprehensive about 9-1-1, Lessons on Community Helpers can be helpful. Invite an officer and a firefighter to visit the students.
Families can keep a hand washing chart a track hand washing practices. Keep a list of the most important times to wash hands and picture near each sink of proper procedures. Offer rewards for being a "Clean Genius".
At home...
References-

Hastie, P. (2013). Foundations of Moving and Learning. San Diego, CA . Bridgepoint Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children, (2016). www.naeyc.org

Goark, C. , Song, L. (2012). Health & Nutrition of Children. San Diego, CA Bridgepoint Education

American Heart Association, (2016). The AHA's Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children. Retrieved from: http://www.heart.org


Teacher Resources-

United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. (2000). Keeping kids safe: A guide for safe food handling and sanitation for child care providers. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/resources/appendj.pdf

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Handwashing Training and Education. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2013). Safety & prevention: How safe are vaccines? Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/How-Safe-are-Vaccines.aspx

KidsHealth in the Classroom (http://classroom.kidshealth.org/)
Teacher Resources:
American Diabetes Association (2016). Making Healthy Food Choices. Retrieved from: http://www.diabetes.org

Fulcher, R. (2013). Be Good to Your Body: Healthy Eating and Fun Recipes. Courier Corporation.

United States Dept. of Agriculture (2015). Healthy food Choices: A balanced Diet. Retrievedfrom: www.usda.choosemyplate.gov


Teacher Resources:

Child Help (2016). Stand up Be Safe: Good Touch Bad Touch. Retrieved from: http://www.childhelp.org

Church, E. (2014). "It's an Emergency" Safety Activities for Kids. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com

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