NAP SACC: Child Care Assessment

NAP SACC logoNutrition And Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), is a program used to support the health and development of children attending childcare centers by improving the child care environment.  The program encourages best practices in: children’s nutrition; infant and breastfeeding; 0-5 year old physical activity and screen time.

The overall goal for NAP SACC is to improve the nutritional quality of food served, amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and center nutrition and physical activity policies.
 

Participants of the program will:

  1. Complete a self-assessment – identify the strengths and areas of improvement at their center
  2. Create goals – work one-on-one with NKFM staff to set goals for their centers, and concrete steps to achieve these goals
  3. Receive technical assistance from NKFM staff
  4. Complete a follow up assessment to assess progress of their goals

Those who participated in NAP SACC showed:

An INCREASE in frequency of fruits and/or vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat milk served to children
POSITIVE improvements in physical activity policy or practice
An INCREASE in water access for the children

Success Stories:

As a result of the program, sites created policies for nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding that were not in existence before the program.

One caregiver indicated the changes she made in her daily life based on the information she learned from the NAP SACC assessment, and the information she gathered from materials that were given to her.
 

    

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan staff is available to provide technical support to your child care in order to implement this program at your center.

To learn how you can offer this program at your child care center, please contact:
Crystal D’Agostino
(734) 222-9800 x258
cdagostino@nkfm.org
 

How You Can Get Involved:

Child Care Centers

  • Encourage staff to lead children in movement activities several times a day.
  • Serve vegetables that are not cooked with added fat.
  • Have water available at all times by placing a pitcher and cups for children to self serve.
  • Serve 1%, 1/2%, or skim milk to children ages 2 and up.
  • Serve meals family style.
  • Encourage staff to serve as positive nutrition and movement role models.
  • Offer variety in your menu; consider offering seasonal changes.
  • Work with staff to create a nutrition plan that includes ideas for healthy celebration options.
  • Serve whole grain products.
     

Parents

  • When serving meals at home, encourage children to serve themselves through family style dining.
  • Include your child in meal preparation.
  • When offering new foods, talk about its color, shape, size, and texture.
  • Limit screen time to less than 2 hours a day.
  • Schedule family active play time daily; for example, plan nature walks or turn on the radio and dance around the house.
  • Serve 1%, 1/2%, or skim milk to children ages 2 and up.
  • Serve fruit and veggies for snack with water.

NAP SACC

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care website.
napsacc.org

Let's Move! Child  Care

Provides information on best practice recommendations and resources for nutrition and physical activity for child care centers.
healthykidshealthyfuture.org

Team Nutrition

USDA Food and Nutrition Service website that provides nutrition and physical activity resources for download.
teamnutrition.usda.gov