Eat Well Play Hard In Child Care Settings

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS ) is a federal and state funded initiative by the State of New York Department of Health’s (DOHSNY) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The EWPHCCS is an effort to prevent obesity and develop a more nutritious food plan for families in New York City.   The focus of the project is children ages three to five years who reside in low income areas and attend center based child care programs.

The Day Care Council of New York has successfully implemented the first year of the EWPHCCS in specific areas of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn and the neighborhoods of Highbridge and Morrisania in the Bronx. 

EWPHCCS offers a holistic approach with a structured curriculum developed by the DOHSNY/CACFP and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The curriculum features lesson plans for the children, their parents and the staff at the center. Together with food demonstrations where the children experience hands on, food tasting and physical activities to promote exercise in a very enjoyable way, EWPHCCS is a welcome addition to child care programs. 

In addition, the centers are introduced to Let’s Move!, Michelle Obama’s effort to promote children’s health by encouraging and supporting healthier physical activity and nutrition practices for children in all settings. 

 

Yadira Rodriguez,  Project Director, Eat Well Play Hard In Child Care Settings

Phone: 212-206-7818 x117; yrodriguez@dccnyinc.org