Project Information

Seeking Licensed Child Care Providers for PA NAP SACC Mini-grant Project!

You’re entrusted by families with the care and well-being of their children.  That puts you in the position to make a pivotal difference in their lives by helping them form positive nutrition and physical activity habits while in your care.  PA NAP SACC, the PA Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, is an easy-to-use, online learning tool that helps you evaluate the environment you provide for the children you serve. Early childhood education and care providers who participate in PA NAP SACC create longer-term quality of life opportunities for both the child and his or her family.

The PA NAP SACC is a continuous quality improvement process to support best practices and policy development around nutrition and physical activities, and focuses on children age birth - five. The completely web-based process includes Self-Assessment, Action Planning, Implementation (including free resources and training), Policy Development (including support), Post-Self-Assessment, and Reflection.  A limited number of programs will receive on‐site, targeted technical assistance from a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) at no cost to the site. The CCHC will review current practices and policies, assist with developing sustainable policies, and offer guidance for continuous quality improvement. 

Beyond the reward of making a difference in the health of the children in your care, those who participate and complete project requirements will also receive a $500 mini grant to support their action steps and enhance their nutrition and physical activity practices and policies. For STAR 3 and 4 programs, participation in all components of PA NAP SACC also satisfies the performance standards and/or bonus point requirements related to utilizing a health care consultant to establish and maintain
health policies above those required by certification as well as participating in an organized effort to promote nutritional health for children.

The Child Care Wellness Mini-grant Project will follow the timeline below:

Applications due by August 22, 2018
Notification of Acceptance - September 10, 2018
Orientation and kick-off in October 2018
Have 8-9 months to implement!
Reflection and wrap up in June 2019


Technical support and policy consultation will be available to all participating centers.

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit the electronic application. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Lori McMonigal, Coordinator for Special Projects - Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, at 717-248-4942 x 112 or lmcmonigal@tiu11.org

This publication was supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Applications must be submitted by August 22, 2018.

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