About Living Healthy in Washington County in Child Care

Living Healthy in Washington County helps child care facilities and preschools give young children a healthy start. Children who are active and eat well have healthier growth and development, are ready for learning, and feel better. Child care facilities and preschools can help build lifelong wellness habits by teaching healthy behaviors, offering opportunities to be active, and demonstrating good nutrition.

Child Care Data

8 of 10 children between three and five years old in Minnesota are cared for by someone other than their own parents at some time during the week.

Children should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate or intense physical activity on most days of the week.

Our Goals
Collaborate with area child care providers, the Child Care Council, and Washington County Community Services to develop tools and resources that expand nutrition and physical activity options.

Provide nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding consultation and training to child care facilities and preschools.


LHWC Child Care Reach
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sites trained
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home-based child care providers trained
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center-based child care providers trained
Child Care Resources

The following resources are intended for child care providers. If you are interested in learning more about how Living Healthy in Washington County supports child care providers, contact phe@co.washington.mn.us.

Policy Templates
⇒ Breastfeeding Support
⇒ Physical Activity
⇒ Healthy Eating

Physical Activity
⇒ GoNoodle
⇒ Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH)
⇒ Get Kids Moving
⇒ Check out a CATCH kit through Washington County Libraries!

Healthy Eating
⇒ Choose My Plate
Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA)

Breastfeeding Support
The Washington County Breastfeeding Coalition (WCBC) wants to help you become recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The WCBC is composed of individuals from across the county who come together over their passion for promoting breastfeeding. One of the coalition’s goals is to create partnerships with child care providers and encourage breastfeeding as the preferred way to feed babies during the first year of life.

The WCBC is available to assist home and center-based providers through the MDH application process. Together, child care providers and the WCBC can promote and support breastfeeding throughout the community. Interested? Contact: PHE@co.washington.mn.us or 651-430-6655

⇒ Breast Milk Home Storage Guidelines
⇒ MN Breastfeeding Coalition

Parent Communications
⇒ Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Settings… for parents

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