New policies promote healthy eating and active living for school-age programs—thank you for speaking up!
The State Board of Human Services voted last Friday to upgrade Colorado’s policies regarding licensed school-age child care programs. Advocates, including the Colorado Children’s Campaign and other leading health organizations in the state, have been working with stakeholders and the Department of Human Services this past year to promote healthy environments in these settings. The final rules package includes the following significant safety, healthy eating, and active living updates:
- Updated background check requirements.
- Elimination of screen time during meals and snacks (except during planned special occasions or for children with personal adaptive equipment or assistive technology) and requirements that programs develop a media plan informing parents about connection to the program’s curriculum.
- Elimination of sugar sweetened beverages including soda, fruitades, fruit drinks, flavored milks, and sports and energy drinks as well as limits on the frequency of serving 100 percent fruit juice to no more than twice per week.
- Updated child care health consultation preparation for child health needs.
- Ongoing staff training that includes health, safety, and nutrition.
- Alignment of all meals and snacks with current USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program meal pattern requirements as well as guidance on serving size and frequency.
Thank you to all of you for calling, participating in our action alerts, and making your voices heard. These rules will positively impact the roughly 80,000 school-age children who are in some form of licensed school-age program over the course of a year.