Early Childhood Development


Strategies for Early Childhood Development

Strategy 13:

Support development, implementation and evaluation of food and beverage and physical activity policies and environments consistent with the Empower standards.


Strategy 14:

Improve the capacity of child care providers and food service staff in nutrition education and healthy meal planning and food preparation.


Strategy 15:

Improve capacity of child care providers to provide children with opportunities for physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.

Resources for Early Childhood Development

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Empower Basic Training Toolkit

Posted on April 30, 2018

This toolkit contains the materials necessary to plan and deliver an Empower Basic training. This toolkit should only be utilized after completion of an Empower Basic Train the Trainer session.

Note: Videos are included throughout the training presentation. Refer to the Facilitation Notes for indication when a video is meant to be played. Video files are included for download in the toolkit.

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Empower Advanced Training Toolkit

Posted on April 30, 2018

This toolkit contains the materials necessary to plan and deliver an Empower Advanced training. This toolkit should only be utilized after completion of an Empower AdvancedTrain the Trainer session.

Note: Videos are included throughout the training presentation. Refer to the Facilitation Notes for indication when a video is meant to be played. Video files are included for download in the toolkit.

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Empower Infographic

Posted on December 13, 2017

Use this infographic as a tool with providers, parents, and community partners to communicate how the Empower Standards may be implemented and how daily practices support each standard. Keep in mind that your work in the AzNN applies to the Empower Standards related to obesity prevention (1, 3, 4, 5, and 6).

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Empower Sample Policies (Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6)

Posted on August 10, 2017

Sample policies for Empower Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. ECE decision makers may use these policy templates when creating or revising policies in their setting.

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Family Media Plan (Online Tool)

Posted on December 13, 2016

By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, parents can be aware of when they are using media to achieve their purpose. This requires parents & users to think about what they want those purposes to be. The Family Media Plan Online Tool will help parents to think about media and create goals and rules that are in line with their family’s values. Share this tool as a resource for parents after discussions or lessons focused on physical activity, sedentary time, or screen use. 

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Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern and One Page Summaries: Infant Meal Pattern

Posted on August 23, 2016

USDA recently revised the CACFP meal patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. The changes to the infant meal pattern support breastfeeding and the consumption of vegetables and fruit without added sugars. These changes are based on the scientific recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics and stakeholder input. CACFP centers and day care homes must comply with the new meal patterns by October 1, 2017.

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Let’s Move Child Care Technical Assistance Manual

Posted on August 23, 2016

This manual supports the Let’s Move Child Care 5 Healthy Goals. Refer to this manual to understand common challenges providers face and suggestions to overcome them.

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NAP SACC Provider and Parent Handouts

Posted on August 23, 2016

A collection of handouts covering key nutrition and physical activity topics to share with parents or providers.

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Go NAPSACC Action Planning Document (Blank)

Posted on August 23, 2016

A blank template to develop goals and action steps based on completed self-assessments.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern and One Page Summaries: Child and Adult Meal Pattern

Posted on August 23, 2016

USDA recently revised the CACFP meal patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. Under the new child and adult meal patterns, meals served will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. The changes made to the meal patterns are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, scientific recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine, and stakeholder input. CACFP centers and day care homes must comply with the new meal patterns by October 1, 2017.

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Key Contacts for Early Childhood Development

Noelle Veilleux

Noelle Veilleux

AZ Health Zone Nutrition Specialist
602-364-3316
noelle.veilleux@azdhs.gov