Like parents and caregivers, early care and education providers are the backbone for early childhood wellness in our communities. More and more families rely on early care and education providers to take care of their children while they work. On average, young children spend 32 hours weekly in early learning environments. Early care and education providers are role models for healthy habits that young children will use for life. The early care and education providers at Early Ages Healthy Stages consistently go above and beyond state requirements to create opportunities for the children in their care. When early care and education providers are supported by community and financial resources, they become a source of health and wellness expertise not only for the children that they serve, but for their families and community as well.
Throughout our work with Ohio Healthy Programs, we have been inspired by the many early care and educations providers who go the extra mile to provide health opportunities for their children. We believe, and have witnessed, that when early care and education providers have support from public health and other agencies they can provide authentic opportunities for child and family wellness beyond what each partner could achieve individually.