Thursday, May 27, 2010

Opportunity for Child Care Providers

If you were on our Food Program back in 2007, you may remember the little spiral-bound books we handed out from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition (COPAN).  They were the "Child Care Champions Best Practices" books and they were full of great ideas and resources for child care providers.   According to the developers, the best practices were "designed to help prevent childhood overweight and to promote intuitive eating".  There was also an assessment that child care providers could take to identify which of the seven best practices they were promoting well in their child care, and which ones they could improve on.

CDPHE is now revising the Child Care Champion's Best Practice Self Assessment and would like your help.  If you are a child care director or child care provider in the Denver area (or are willing to drive to the Denver area for the meeting), here is an opportunity for you!  Colleen Domer is looking for individuals to discuss the seven best practices and share information that will help make the assessment more useful and practical to child care providers.  She will be holding focus groups in a central Denver location on the following days:

Saturday, June 5th from 10:00am to noon
Tuesday, June 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Each group will last about an hour and 15 minutes and each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education.  In addition, participants will receive food and refreshments and have their name entered in a drawing for $100 gift certificates. 

If you would like to participate, or have questions call Colleen at 720-273-6696.  You can also email her at

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