NAP SACC: Child Care Assessment

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Go Nutrition And Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAPSACC), is an evidence-based program that works with teachers in early care and education centers to improve the health of young children (0-5) and prevent childhood obesity through practices, policies, and environments that instill habits supporting lifelong health and well-being. There are seven modules to choose from covering these key topics: child nutrition, physical activity, oral health, screen time, outdoor play and learning, farm to ECE, and breastfeeding.

Centers that implement the Go NAPSACC program have been found to be more likely to make significant changes in nutrition policies, environments, and practices and some positive changes in physical activity policies, environments, and practices than centers that did not participate in the program.

 

Participants of the program will follow a 5-step process:

  1. Assess - Complete a self-assessment to identify the strengths and areas of improvement at their center
  2. Plan - work one-on-one with NKFM staff to set goals for their centers, and concrete steps to achieve these goals
  3. Take Action - take steps in making sustainable environmental, policy, and systems changes by using online resources and technical assistance from NKFM staff
  4. Learn More - participate in online or in-person trainings led by Go NAPSACC Consultants to learn new skills to help kids be healthy.
  5. Keep It Up - to evaluate progress, centers take the self-assessment a second time.  Centers can celebrate progress while planning their next opportunities for improvement.

Those who participated in Go NAPSACC showed:

An INCREASE in frequency of fruits and/or vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat milk served to children
POSITIVE improvements in physical activity policy or practice
An INCREASE in water access for the children

Success Stories:

As a result of the program, sites created policies for nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding that were not in existence before the program.

One caregiver indicated the changes she made in her daily life based on the information she learned from the Go NAPSACC assessment, and the information she gathered from materials that were given to her.
 

    

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan staff is available to provide technical support to your child care in order to implement this program at your center.

To learn how you can offer this program at your child care center, please contact:
Mary Neumaier
(313) 259-1574 x263
[email protected]
 

How You Can Get Involved:

Child Care Centers

  • Encourage staff to lead children in movement activities several times a day.
  • Serve vegetables that are not cooked with added fat.
  • Have water available at all times by placing a pitcher and cups for children to self serve.
  • Serve 1%, 1/2%, or skim milk to children ages 2 and up.
  • Serve meals family style.
  • Encourage staff to serve as positive nutrition and movement role models.
  • Offer variety in your menu; consider offering seasonal changes.
  • Work with staff to create a nutrition plan that includes ideas for healthy celebration options.
  • Serve whole grain products.
     

Parents

  • When serving meals at home, encourage children to serve themselves through family style dining.
  • Include your child in meal preparation.
  • When offering new foods, talk about its color, shape, size, and texture.
  • Limit screen time to less than 2 hours a day.
  • Schedule family active play time daily; for example, plan nature walks or turn on the radio and dance around the house.
  • Serve 1%, 1/2%, or skim milk to children ages 2 and up.
  • Serve fruit and veggies for snack with water.

Go NAPSACC

Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care website.
gonapsacc.org

Let's Move! Child Care

Provides information on best practice recommendations and resources for nutrition and physical activity for child care centers.
healthykidshealthyfuture.org

Team Nutrition

USDA Food and Nutrition Service website that provides nutrition and physical activity resources for download.
teamnutrition.usda.gov

Great Start Detroit/Wayne County

Local resources for Wayne County parents.

greatstart.org