Introduction When families and staff members actively support the wellness program, they learn about ways they
can evaluate and adapt their wellness practices at home.
So as you set and achieve your goals, you make an important difference for children and their
families and for you and your staff members. Although this work will take time and commitment,
the benefits will be significant. Most teachers first become engaged in working with young children
because they have a desire to make a difference for children. What better way to make a difference than
to start a child off on a path toward wellness and healthy development?
We wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and achieve each indicator, so in the
book’s appendixes, we provided a number of tools to help you implement or improve a practice. If we
considered a resource to be essential to your understanding of a related indicator, we included it in the
appendix. If we thought a resource would be helpful but not essential to completing an indicator, we
provided a bit of information about the resource in the text. The annotated resources in the back of
the book also describe a number of resources that, should you access them, will provide more in-depth
information on topics addressed only broadly in Healthy Children, Healthy Lives. A number of resources
and tips for best practices are also provided in sidebars found throughout the checklists.
Healthy Children, Healthy Lives introduces and uses terms from early childhood education and other
wellness-related fields. A glossary is included in the back of the book to help you use and understand terms
that may be new to you. Terms that are defined in the glossary are presented in the text in bold type.
Without a doubt you will want to celebrate the hard work you do using Healthy Children, Healthy
Lives to improve children’s wellness. To help you promote your accomplishments, we have included
a certificate of participation at the back of the book. You can proudly display the certificate to alert
families and staff members to your dedication to children’s wellness.
To support you in your work to engage and educate staff members and families on the importance
of wellness, we also created Healthy Children, Healthy Lives Training and Resources: Reaching Staff and
Families. This CD-ROM provides you with
• seven complete PowerPoint presentations—one staff training presentation for each of the six
parts of the book and one overview presentation of the Healthy Children, Healthy Lives program
for families and other stakeholders;
• handouts for each PowerPoint presentation;
• fifty-two Info to Go resource flyers for families focusing on a variety of wellness topics; and
• six Info to Go resource flyers for staff members focusing on how the wellness topics relate to
their daily work.
In addition, we have developed a Facebook page where we will regularly share tips and strategies,
guide relevant discussions, promote best practice sharing, and communicate updates on important
policies and initiatives. We know early childhood professionals all over the world have innovative
practices and ideas related to children’s wellness. We want to ensure that all users of Healthy Children,
Healthy Lives can interact with, support, and share ideas with one another. To that end, join us at