Early Childhood Policy Guide Series

One of the top priorities for Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play is to inform the Office of Head Start in setting national priorities and developing policies related to active play, physical activity, high quality outdoor play spaces and learning environments, and proper nutrition.

All young children should have the opportunity to learn and grow each day by eating well, actively playing, and developing motor skills. However, many Head Start and early childhood education and childcare settings do not consistently support wellness. Numerous barriers impede the ability of childcare providers to offer healthy environments. Our Policy Guide Series can help inform federal, state, and local actions that can help providers overcome these obstacles.

Get involved. Take action. Speak up for young children. Stand up for active play and high quality outdoor play spaces.

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