Youth gardens: Create garden spaces appropriate for each center to increase
PA, vegetable consumption, and agricultural literacy (Benedum). Create 8 new
edible gardens at child care centers.
Partners and funding: SNAP, GKVF, WVU Ext.
Natural Learning Environment (NLE): Create 3 new NLE at child care centers which must be open to the community increasing access to more greenspace and outdoor play areas (GKVF). Advocate for more recess time in NLE, NLE/garden curriculum.
Partners and funding: GKVF, Three Trees, Try This, WV Nursery and Landscaping Association
KEY 2 a Healthy Start: Implement PCON training to at least 30 child care
centers annually (Benedum). Use NAP SACC Quality Improvement (QI) tool in 30 centers annually as policy intervention to affect change in nutrition and PA practices and written policies. (Benedum). Improve child care center policies
regarding outdoor play to increase time outside and intensity of physical
Partners and funding: OCN, BPH, ECAC, WVU Ext, Benedum, SNAP
Preventing Childhood Obesity Network (PCON): Create a statewide peer
learning network of existing organizations aimed at preventing childhood
obesity within ECE system (Benedum). PCON to incorporate obesity prevention into QRIS.
Partners and funding: OCN, BPH, ECAC, Wvu Ext, Benedum, SNAP, ECE
CHOICES: Collaborate with CHOICES project to determine return of investments and cost effectiveness of KEY 2 a Healthy Start into tiered
reimbursement standards (BPH).
Partners and Funding: Harvard SPH/BPH, ECE, Center for Budget and Policy