Making Changes in ECE

Key points

  • Millions of children are in early care and education (ECE) settings each week.
  • Quality ECE practices and programs can support healthy growth and obesity prevention for children.
  • States and communities can use CDC tools and resources in ECE settings to help promote healthy growth and prevent obesity.
Two toddlers talking in an early care and education classroom.

Tools for action

The Spectrum of Opportunities Framework can help identify ways to embed healthy growth and obesity prevention best practices into policies and activities.

The Quick Start Action Guide provides information about strengthening policies and activities in ECE settings.

The ECE State Indicator Report presents information about state activities to promote healthy growth and obesity prevention in ECE settings.

The High-Impact Obesity Prevention Standards can inform ECE policies and activities. The standards cover infant feeding, nutrition, physical activity, and screen time limits.