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The Boston Public Health Commission understands the importance that environment plays in a child’s growth and development. Many children in Boston attend childcare programs with educators who are dedicated to creating a space for developmental experiences that children need early in life. By providing good nutrition and physical activity in these programs, children begin to develop healthy habits that support growth. 
What We Do
The Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control works with early childhood educators to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and reduced screen time throughout the city. We offer learning collaboratives to promote policies for physical activity and nutrition as well as different training series for early childhood education. 

Upcoming Training

Boston Healthy Child Care Initiative: Oct - Dec 2020
The Boston Healthy Child Care Initiative (BHCCI) helps child care programs improve their capacity to implement policies and practices that support healthy eating and physical activity in infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. The goal of BHCCI is to promote policy, systems and/or environmental change strategies in child care settings to increase the number of child care providers who:

Provide access to healthy foods
Provide access to healthy beverages
Provide access to physical activity opportunities
Decrease access to screen time
Increase opportunities for breastfeeding

We are conducting our Learning Collaborative, a 3-part training, in October, November, and December for:

Center-based Childcare Educators – English (October 21, November 11, December 9)

Family Childcare Educators – English (October 22, November 12, December 10)

Family Childcare Educators – Spanish (October 27, November 18, December 16)

Each session is from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm 

                            English Flyer

            Spanish Flyer
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Family Childcare Educator Series (in Spanish)

Check out our resources below or email us at for more information.

Stay informed about COVID-19 in your program
Protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19. Consider reviewing childcare activities using the 7 Characteristics for daily childcare routines.

When you plan activities in early childcare during COVID-19, pay attention to the risks. Use these seven characteristics to look at the routine and determine if it has low-risk or high-risk activities. 

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Read more about these characteristics
CDC Foundation Framework for Adapting Guidelines for Unique Settings: how to mitigate risks to your childcare program ENGLISH/SPANISH 

Training Highlight

In June, the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control and Metro Boston Strong Start collaborated on a training for family childcare educators to discuss aspects of educator self-care, healthy eating, and physical activity reopening strategies. Many of the topics discussed were based on the Department of Early Education and Care's Health and Safety Guidelines.

Below you will find tips for reopening childcare facilities and keeping children safe and happy that resulted from this three-part training. 

Healthy Eating Tips in Early Childcare
Physical Activity Tips in Early Childcare
Educator Self-CareTips in Early Childcare

Tips for Parents from our COVID-19 training

Guidance for parents from our early childcare training about reopening during COVID-19

Tip sheets in other languages: coming soon

Keeping Children Safe: Mealtime
           CACFP Meal Pattern Posters

Other BPHC Pages
Have questions or want to connect? 

Location: 1010 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 534-5690

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