Early Childhood / Health and Safety
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
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
“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.