Healthy Early Child Care and Education (ECE)

The Healthy Early Child Care and Education (ECE) campaign is a statewide initiative to engage parents, caregivers, ECE providers, stakeholders and decision-makers in discussions about healthy ECE centers, focusing on physical activity, healthy eating and screen time. In the past year (2019), The Food Trust along with organizational  partners Black Child Development Institute and First Up, hosted advocacy training for parents and providers who were interested in becoming community champions for the Healthy ECE Campaign.  For this campaign, you will find: 

  • A social media toolkit, which provides reusable media content collected throughout the year
  • The findings and recommendations from our three Listening Sessions across PA on campaign goals, in our final report Why Healthy ECE Matters
  • Information for an adjacent campaign that will be helpful (if you’re interested in continuing the journey to make ECE centers healthier)

If you would like to remain engaged in the healthy ECE communities in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth of PA, consider reaching out to or engaging with the below groups: 

  • Keystone Kids Go!, an initiative in Pennsylvania focused on improving young children’s nutrition and physical activity.
  • Southeastern PA Early Childhood Coalition, a coalition of early education advocates, child care and Head Start providers and early care support agencies created to promote issues, exchange information and coordinate public policy and public support for early care and education in the five counties Southeastern Pennsylvania area.
  • Ready Set Grow, efforts to grow farm to early care and education activities in Pennsylvania.
  • Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association working to ensure that the places where children live, learn, and play make it easy and enjoyable for them to eat healthy foods and be active.

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