Children’s Hunger Alliance works with family child care 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 child care providers on understanding and incorporating healthy eating and active living into their home based day care centers, impacting more than 1,000 children across the state of Ohio.

Program Details

The Ohio Healthy Programs requirements include:

  • Attending six webinar trainings
  • Participating in three Technical Assistance visits with a Children’s Hunger Alliance staff member
  • Adopting 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.
  • Adopting 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 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 no more than once a day and limit portion to 4 – 6 oz.
  • If cereal if offered, it has 6 grams of sugar or less per dry ounce.
  • Do not serve these highly processed meats, regardless of animal type (beef, pork, turkey, chicken, etc.)
  • Incorporating at least 1 family engagement event and applying for OHP designation.

Training Dates
2018 Training Starts on February 12.

• 2/12 – Healthy Eating and Feeding – 7pm-8pm
• 2/13 – Menu Planning – 7pm-8:30p
• 3/12 – Healthy Activity – 7pm-8:30pm
• 3/13 – Healthy Policies – 7pm-8pm
• 4/2 – Healthy Growing – 7pm-8:30pm
• 4/3 – Healthy Families – 7pm-8:30pm

We invite licensed family child care providers to participate in the Ohio Healthy Programs. Ohio Healthy Programs for the Family Child Care Provider trainings are 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 for more information.