Children’s Hunger Alliance works with family childcare providers to create healthy environments where children learn to make healthy food choices and engage in physical activity through the Ohio Healthy Programs for the Family Child Care Provider.

The Program

Ohio Healthy Programs was created in 2010 by Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) through funding from the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Healthy Programs training curriculum comes from Healthy Children, Healthy Weights, which was created in 2004 by Columbus Public Health and is designed to prevent childhood overweight and obesity by promoting healthy weight and growth in all children ages birth to five years old.

Healthy Children, Healthy Weights was originally piloted at Head Start Centers in Columbus. In 2015, the Ohio Department of Health began a partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance supporting the Healthy Children, Healthy Weights curriculum to train family childcare providers on understanding and incorporating healthy eating and active living into their home-based daycare centers, impacting more than 1,000 children across the state of Ohio.

Program Details

The Ohio Healthy Programs requirements include:

  • Completing two webinar sessions and one self-paced on-line training.
  • Participating in three Technical Assistance visits with a Children’s Hunger Alliance Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator.
  • Adopt 1 new healthy policy: Example: Physical Activity Guidelines for Toddlers & Preschool children: Toddlers and Preschool children will engage in at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of unstructured physical activity each day and will not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping.
  • Adopt healthy menus that align with all OHP menu requirements:
  • Offering a different non-fried vegetable per day in a 5-day period.
  • Offering a different fruit per day in a 5-day period (not counting juice).
  • Offering a whole grain food at least once per day.
  • Offering fried foods no more than once a week.
  • Only offer beverages without any added sugar or sweeteners. If juice is offered, it is 100% juice and no more than once a day. Limited to 4 – 6 oz.
  • If cereal if offered, it has 6 grams of sugar or less per dry ounce.
  • Do not serve highly-processed meats, regardless of animal type (beef, pork, turkey, chicken, etc.).
  • Incorporating at least 1 family engagement event and apply for OHP designation.

Training Dates

Self-Paced training – get started today!

Ongoing webinar dates for live webinars.

Contact OHPFCCP@childrenshungeralliance.org for the current schedule or to get started.

We invite licensed family childcare providers to participate in the Ohio Healthy Programs. Ohio Healthy Programs for the Family Child Care Provider training is Ohio Approved. Upon completion of the program, participants are eligible to apply for the Ohio Healthy Program (OHP) designation. Enrollment is now open. Contact our Nutrition and Physical Education team at OHPFCCP@childrenshungeralliance.org for more information.