Young children need to move throughout the day. While outside play may sometimes the best option, weather or air quality may prevent outdoor play.  Programs can encourage active play inside as well. Child care providers can model healthy behavior and by being ready to be active to play with the children in their care.

Boy plays soccer with his child care teacher

Physical Activity Resources & Communities

  • Voices for Healthy Kids: a joint initiative between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. Provides data, reports and tool kits related to healthy school food, healthy drinks, food access, access to healthy spaces. Active Kids Out Of School and Active Places.
  • Kids Health from Nemours: provides a wide variety of child health information. The website has four strands for different audiences: Parents, Kids, Teens and Educators. The site offers information about nutrition, fitness and child behavior/mental health
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Active Living for Families: provides interactive tools and other outreach materials for agencies to use to promote healthy and active lifestyles with families.
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Moving Our Bodies (English & Spanish) – Grover shares a 1-minute message to grown-ups: dance parties are a great way to stay healthy!
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Move & Learn Together PDF (English & Spanish) – In this webinar and handout, you’ll discover strategies for building body awareness and movement skills, and see why these skills are so important to children’s learning and development.
  • CDC – Physical Activity Recommendations for Different Age Groups (PDF) – The CDC’s flyer provides activities for different age groups – from preschoolers all the way up through older adults.
  • CDC – How to Be Physically Active While Social Distancing – this page offers ideas for how to stay active during the workday.