December 11, 2018
in Early Care
Congratulations to Washington State for making early childhood education environments healthier through stronger nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards! For over two years, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, American Heart Association, and other advocates worked with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (formerly the Department of Early Learning) to update health and safety licensing requirements for family-home and center-based child care settings in the state. The standards, which were finalized this summer, include:
The final licensing standards for early learning programs released by the Department of Children, Youth and Families make significant progress in closing the gap between nationally-recognized standards and the previous requirements in Washington. Congratulations to the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, American Heart Association Washington team, and to all advocates who are working to make each day healthier for all children!