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Early Childhood / Health and Safety COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Integrate wellness throughout your child care program Early childhood is a critical time in human development. Understanding and supporting children’s wellness early can have a great impact on their 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, PhD, is the executive director of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance. She is also the author of Best Practices for Training Early Childhood Professionals. “Bergen and Robertson speak from a wealth of experience in offering very important and practical tools and strategies that early childhood programs can employ to help their children and staff members get on the path to wellness.” —Roger Neugebauer, Publisher, Exchange “Children are at the heart of all that we do in early childhood education, and Healthy Children, Healthy Lives delivers outstanding guidance and practical advice for supportive environments.” —Ken Wood, Vice President Global Risk Management, Knowledge Universe Rachel Robertson, MA, is the director of education and development at Bright Horizons. She is the coauthor of Prove It! Achieving Quality Recognition for Your Early Childhood Program. ISBN 978-1-60554-081-8 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $29.95