A new report ranks Tennessee number one in the nation for child care licensing regulations that support healthy weight practices.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services has received recognition for new requirements designed to promote good health in state licensed child care agencies. The National Resource Center (NRC) for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education ranked Tennessee’s regulations as the most supportive of obesity prevention in the country. This is the first time Tennessee has topped the NRC’s annual report and it marks a substantial improvement from the state’s previous 39th ranking.
At McKendree, we are intentional in promoting healthy practices as well. We provide nutricious snacks each day, serving fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats and families send lunches that meet USDA guidelines. Additionally, we plan for and engage in moderate to vigorous active play for both toddlers and preschoolers daily and don’t use “screens” with children.