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The Positive Eating Environment Tool is an interactive companion to the PDF version of the tool. Programs can use this tool to help turn the PDF assessment into an action plan.

Health screening is a key part of children’s overall health care. It can help identify concerns early. Explore basic information about screening, as well as resources about screening infants and toddlers.

School may be out for the summer, but children's learning needs don’t take a vacation! Children learn best when they have opportunities to build skills and knowledge across settings. These include summer child care programs as well as time spent at home. This resource from NCASE,...

Summer is a time for sun and fun, but children’s learning is too important to take a vacation! Many school-aged children lose up to three months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading skills over the summer months. This phenomenon is known as the summer slide. Summertime child care...

All children misbehave or exhibit challenging behavior sometimes. How a parent responds can make a big difference in how a child develops. Treating children with kindness and respect helps them to treat others in the same way.

Quality I/T programs can have significant developmental benefits and positive long-term effects for children.

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is pleased to share a practice brief on Aligning Out-of-School Time Services for Children Experiencing Homelessness.

Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) represents the minimum health and safety standards required in Head Start and child care programs, family child care homes, and other places children are cared for outside of their own home.

Encouraging tooth brushing in Head Start and child care programs helps promote oral health and teaches children a lifelong habit. Use this video to train staff to begin a daily toothbrushing program in Head Start and child care programs.