Congratulations to GSA Child Care Centers for meeting the goals of the Let’s Move Child Care Challenge. Part of the work we do at GSA is helping to build a stronger community. One way we have done that is through our network of 106 child care centers that recently partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Child Care initiative to work on making every day changes toward a healthy lifestyle for our kids.
As the centers enthusiastically went to the website healthykidshealthyfuture.org and enrolled, they found helpful hints and even provided helpful tips to others to successfully meet the check list items. The Let’s Move Child Care checklist consists of the following principles: physical activity, limits on screen time, serving healthy food and beverages, and infant feeding options for parents.
The GSA centers were leaders in helping demonstrate how to create environments to support nursing mothers returning to work. Small changes providing quiet spots were important and easy to make.
The child care centers have made improvements to their menus and food choices, working with their own “chefs” and planting gardens, as well as working with caterers to change menu options. Providing baked instead of fried foods, has been a winner, improving nutrition while still giving the children their favorite foods.
We thank all the providers in the GSA network that continue to work daily to provide healthy and high quality learning environments for all our kids. GSA will continue to work to make a stronger community by offering programs like its child care centers.
To find out more about GSA’s child care facilities, please visit gsa.gov/childcare.