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
  • Go NAPSACC Assessment & Action Plan
  • Seven 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 - Partial 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

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Worksite Wellness Program - Full Implementation
Now that you have a plan, you'll continue to encourage and motivate your employees as you implement the plan. After one year, you'll do an assessment to evaluate the impact of your program. Assessments should be done on an annual basis.

Description of how annual program evaluation was conducted or copy of annual evaluation results.

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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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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)

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Go NAPSACC: Assess and Plan
Assess current practices using Go NAPSACC and create an action plan for change.

Copy of assessment results and action plan from the past 6-month period. Assessment and action plan should include at least 1 Go NAPSACC best practice module. 

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Go NAPSACC: Take Action, Learn More
Full implementation of at least 1 of the Go NAPSACC best practices modules.

Evidence of component implementation. This can be a completed Go NAPSACC Action Plan and/or pictures of how action plan has been implemented.

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Go NAPSACC: Keep It Up
Continue making healthy changes by implementing at least 3 additional best practice modules, for a total of 4 modules implemented.
 

Evidence of component implementation. This can be a completed Go NAPSACC Action Plan and/or pictures of how action plan has been implemented.

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Implementation of at least 3 nutrition standards

  • Participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, if eligible. 
  •  Make clean drinking water visible and available inside and outside for self-serve at all times
  • Provide water at every meal and never offer sugary drinks (sports drinks, sweet tea, and soda). 
  • Limit serving fruit juice to no more than 4-6 ounces per week or less, when serving juice ensure it is 100% fruit juice.
  • Serve a fruit or vegetable to table-fed infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at every meal. If possible, serve as least one fresh fruit or vegetable per week.
  • Serve all meals family-style to children over 1 year
  • Limit fried food for toddlers and preschoolers no more than once a month.
  • Staff model healthy behaviors by not consuming sweetened drinks or unhealthy snacks in front of children.

Copy of menu, written description and/or pictures of implemented nutrition standards. The Go NAPSACC action plan may be used as the written description.

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Implementation of at least two physical activity standards

  • Provide babies short, supervised periods of tummy time 2-3 times daily
  • Provide toddlers and preschoolers 120 minutes or more of active daily play
  • Provide children with opportunities for free play and adult-led activities
  • Limit screen time to age appropriate recommended amounts.
  • Limit sedentary time to less than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping

Copy of daily schedule, written description and/or pictures of implemented nutrition standards. The Go NAPSACC action plan may be used as the written description.

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Implementation of at least two outdoor play and learning standards

  • All children up to 6 years old are participating daily in 2-3 occasions of active play outdoors, weather permitting
  • Infants are taken outside 2-3 times per day, as tolerated
  • Toddlers and preschoolers are allowed 60 to 90 total minutes of outdoor play
  • Facility has designed play environments that teach and promote play an learning (i.e. sand play, gardens, etc.)
  • Facility has a variety of portable play equipment for outdoor use

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

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Professional Development
Ensure all staff participate in an additional three clock hours per year on the Go NAPSACC best practice modules.
Copy of agenda, attendance list, or certificates from training for Go NAPSACC best practice modules.

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Implementation of an oral health program that follows best practices standards for tooth brushing, teacher practices, and education to children and families. Description of how at least 1 best practice standard in the following 3 categories are implemented: tooth brushing, teacher practices, and education to children and families. 

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