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Funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) is an education and policy, systems and environmental change intervention funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). The intervention focuses on improving the nutrition and physical activity behaviors of preschool age children and their parents/caregivers by using educational strategies and skill building activities to promote healthy behavior change. The intervention also builds supports within the child care environment by including teachers and care providers in lessons, encouraging positive role-modeling, and facilitating classroom and center-level reinforcement of nutrition and physical activity messages.

EWPHCCS targets families with children ages 3-5 years old who participate in or are eligible for SNAP and are enrolled in child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Centers that complete EWPHCCS program are eligible to participate in a Farm to Preschool initiative. The site must operate during summer months to be considered for this intervention. 


This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact 1-800-352-8401.


Sarah Blank
Eat Well Play Hard Advisor
(315) 736-3394 x117

Last updated July 10, 2023