Integrate wellness throughout your child care program. Early childhood is a critical time in human development. Understanding and supporting children's wellness early on can make the greatest impact on physical, social and emotional, and cognitive health throughout childhood and adulthood. This resource provides a comprehensive collection of checklists and research-based information to help you evaluate and improve wellness in your program, making it a safe, happy place for each person-child and adult-who passes through the doors. The checklists cover six areas of wellness: Nutrition and healthy eating habits Physical activity and fitness Emotional health and resilience Physical health Safety and risk management Leadership The completed checklists can be used to create an action plan to improve your program's approach to wellness
Sharon Bergen is the executive director of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance, as well as the author of Best Practices for Training Early Childhood Professionals. She is an experienced and active trainer with years of experience working in a wide range of early childhood and school-age programs. She holds a master's degree in early childhood education and is currently finishing her PhD for training and performance improvement.Rachel Robertson, MA, is the director of education and development at Bright Horizons. She has more than twenty years of experience in the education field and has served as a professional development and education quality consultant, classroom teacher, centre director, and quality and training manager. She is the author of numerous early childhood articles and presents professional development seminars at national conferences. Rachel holds a master's degree in early childhood education.