Early Learning Resources




Weather Chart
Child Care Weather Watch
Iowa Department of Public Health
Watching the weather is part of a child care provider’s job. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather require the child care provider to monitor the health and safety of children.
Download Chart (PDF 91KB)
Year-Round Activity Suggestions
Farm to Child Care Year-Round
Public Health Law Center
Developed by the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota, this one page resource, Farm to Child Care Year-Round, gives ideas (and links to activities) for incorporating farm to preschool throughout each season. Check it out and see how to make gardening a part of your routine, no matter what season it is!
Multimedia App
Go Smart
The National Head Start Association (NHSA), in partnership with Nike
Bringing movement back into the daily lives of young children. Designed to address the epidemic of physical inactivity, the Go Smart app is a “coach in your pocket” that showcases fun physical activities for children up to age five. Parents, teachers and caregivers can find developmentally appropriate physical activities anytime, anywhere, on any device. Watch video tips, share activities, get updates, track favorites and build “activity boards” to curate games for future play.
Archived Webinar
Growing Up Healthy:  Linking Healthy Habits to Literacy
Nemours - BrightStart!
A webinar reinforcing the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in early childhood, which bares a direct correlation to enhanced learning habits and education.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
Northeastern University
Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF) aims to prevent early childhood obesity by supporting health promoting environments where young children live (home), learn (preschool), and play (community).
Healthy Snack Ideas
Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and ensuring our students are healthy and ready to learn. The best snacks satisfy hunger while helping to meet their daily dietary needs. Here’s a list of snack ideas that pack a nutritional punch and will see the kids through until lunch!
View the List PDF (60 KB)
Healthy Recipes
Keep the Beat™ Heart Healthy Recipes
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Delicious heart healthy recipes are as good for your heart as they are for your taste buds! Staying healthy can be a challenge, but lifestyle changes like eating healthfully and being physically active can help lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions. The Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Eating Web site features more than 100 recipes created for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.
Make It Fun - Childhood Obesity Nutrition
Let's Move! Child Care
Young kids can, of course, be picky eaters. And they often assert their independence through eating, or not eating, what they're offered. So it’s easier to serve foods you know they will like and actually eat, without all of the meltdowns and frowns. But what’s easiest isn’t always what’s best.
Teacher's Guide
Prek to Grade 2 • Personal Health Series - School Lunch
KidsHealth in the Classroom
Eating a nutritious lunch helps give kids the energy they need during the day, while helping them grow and stay healthy. The following discussion questions and activities will help your students start to recognize healthy lunch choices.
School Lunches PDF (956 KB)
Snacks for Preschoolers
KidsHealth from Nemours
No one's busier than the average preschooler. They're so active and imaginative it's no wonder they get hungry between meals and need a snack. Although growth during the preschool years is slower compared with that of the first 2 years of life, preschool kids still need about 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day — calories that should come from a balanced diet that includes whole grains, lean meat, beans, low-fat milk, fruits, and vegetables.


Delicious Heart Healthy Latino Recipes
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute developed this cookbook to introduce Latino families to a variety of popular dishes prepared in a heart healthy way. ¡Qué viva la tradición! The traditional Latino cuisine is as varied as the cultural heritage of Latin America and the Caribbean. The recipes have all the nutrition and great taste that characterize this rich culinary heritage, but have less saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calories. English and Spanish.
Heart Healthy Home Cooking African American Style
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Good food is one of life’s great joys. And good meals are a shared pleasure at the heart of African American family life and special celebrations. This recipe book brings together many African American favorite recipes, prepared in a heart healthy way, lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium!
Keep the Beat™ Recipes:  Delicious Healthy Dinners
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is pleased to present Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners. This cookbook—the first in a new series—shows how to prepare and enjoy tasty recipes that are good for your heart and your health. 
Keep the Beat™ Recipes:  Deliciously Healthy Family Meals
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is pleased to present this new Keep the Beat™ cookbook to help busy parents who want to make meal preparation a family affair. The cookbook showcases new dishes that were created especially for the NHLBI by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef/instructor and father of two. We even tested the recipes with parents and school-aged children to make sure they liked them. 
Project Lunchbox:  30 Days of Lunchbox Meals
Family Fresh Cooking
A PDF with links, resources, suggestions and general information leading to healthy recipes and eating habits.