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Strategy Profile: More Movement in Early Care and Education Settings

The information in this resource is intended only to provide educational information. This profile describes the estimated benefits, activities, resources, and leadership needed to implement a strategy to improve child health. This information can be useful for planning and prioritization purposes.

  • Policy to promote physical activity among children ages 3-5 in licensed early care and education (ECE) programs by requiring training for early care educators in the provision of structured physical activity opportunities using an evidence-based curriculum.

What population benefits?

Children ages 3-5 who attend licensed early care and education programs.

What are the estimated benefits?

Relative to not implementing the strategy
Increase children’s moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels and, in turn, promote healthy child weight.

What activities and resources are needed?

Activities Resources Who Leads?
Train early care and education program directors and staff on evidence-based strategies and curricula (Hip Hop to Health Jr.) to provide physical activity instruction • Time for State Early Care and Education Agency Training Consultant to prepare for and lead training
• Time for early care and education program directors and staff to attend training
• Travel costs
State early care and education training consultant
Provide materials and equipment for promoting physical activity (such as CDs with activity-promoting music and templates for parent newsletters) • Cost of materials and equipment Early care and education programs (or local government)
Assess compliance with new policy to provide training and physical activity opportunities • Time for state licensor to assess compliance with policy during monitoring visit State early care and education agency monitoring and compliance staff


Cradock AL, Barrett JL, Kenney EL, Giles CM, Ward ZJ, Long MW, Resch SC, Pipito AA, Wei ER, Gortmaker SL. Using cost-effectiveness analysis to prioritize policy and programmatic approaches to physical activity promotion and obesity prevention in childhood. Prev Med. 2017 Feb;95 Suppl: S17-S27. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.10.017. Supplemental Appendix with strategy details available at: https://ars.els-cdn.com/ content/image/1-s2.0-S0091743516303395-mmc1.docx

Suggested Citation

CHOICES Strategy Profile: More Movement in Early Care and Education Settings. CHOICES Project Team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA; September 2023.


This work is supported by The JPB Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U48DP006376). The information provided here is intended to be used for educational purposes. Links to other resources and websites are intended to provide additional information aligned with this educational purpose. The findings and conclusions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other funders.

Adapted from the TIDieR (Template for Intervention Description and Replication) Checklist

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