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Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative

The National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative (ECELC) is a five-year, CDC-funded effort, implemented by Nemours and partners. The goals of the project are to spread impactful, sustainable policy and practice improvements in ECE programs to prevent childhood obesity.  Early Care and Education (ECE) providers learn how to:

  • improve healthy eating, physical activity, and screen time practices in their centers
  • support breastfeeding mothers
  • engage parents in adopting healthy practices at home
  • improve ECE environments and develop policies and practices that support healthy weight

Providers discover how small steps can create immense change in preventing early childhood obesity. They learn about the relationship of healthy eating and physical activity to children’s health, the unique and powerful role of providers, the process of change and the potential of partnerships with families to sustain change.

The Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA) is proud to be the implementing partner for the state of California.  In 2014, CCALA launched its first cohort in Los Angeles County and worked with 80 centers to identify and implement best practices related to physical activity, nutrition, breastfeeding support, screen time and family engagement.  Programs represented a diverse group of constituents and included private, non-profit, faith-based and Early/Head Start programs serving approximately 4,000 children ages 0-5.

CCALA is currently recruiting programs for participation in the 2nd cohort of the ECELC.  Eligible programs must be child care centers located in Los Angeles County.  Priority will be given to centers located in areas with high childhood obesity rates and of high economic need.

Participating programs will receive:

  • $500 stipend for participating programs
  • FREE training resources and toolkits
  • 15 months of FREE, individualized, on-site technical assistance by child development/health experts
  • FREE professional development hours and invaluable networking with other ECE professionals

Additionally, programs will commit to:

  • Selecting a leadership team of 3 staff members to lead the initiative at their center
  • Attending 5 (6 hour) trainings over the course of 1 year
  • Sharing information with their program and completing tasks between trainings
  • Developing 2 Action Plans and 2 Storyboards
  • Completing pre and post assessment tests

Child care providers are in a powerful position to be agents of change and can influence children and families to adopt healthy habits.  If you are ready to create healthier environments for the children, families and staff in your center, enroll in the ECELC!

For more information and to enroll, contact: 

Jeanie Park, MPH, CHES
Health Programs Coordinator

More information about the ECELC project can be found at:

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