EatSleepPlay™ in the Community
As part of the EatSleepPlay™ Health Initiative, CMOM has successfully developed a curriculum, adapted from the NIH We Can! obesity prevention program, to teach educators how to engage the family audience in healthy lifestyle choices. Family handouts include fun, simple activities to help families continue learning together at home.
CMOM’s comprehensive EatSleepPlay™ initiative reaches young children in the places where they spend the most time and trains those adults that are the primary caretakers and influencers on their formative development and wellbeing. The EatSleepGrow Health Curriculum has been adapted to train educators, administrators, childcare providers and health practitioners in public housing facilities, community-based organizations, Head Start centers, health clinics, libraries and childcare settings throughout New York City.
Head Start Trainings: Wellness Policy Creation
CMOM was selected by the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to create a comprehensive and sustainable training model to be utilized by Head Start centers to train staff, caretakers and parents to deliver obesity prevention messages.
CMOM’s health educators are using the EatSleepGrow™ Health Curriculum to help build the capacity of local Head Start centers and support administrators, social workers, food service staff, teachers and parents in developing knowledge and behaviors to pass on to children that will result in healthier habits and more active lifestyles.
CUNY Health Professional Development for Childcare Providers
Since 2007, CMOM has worked with the City University of New York’s Professional Development Institute (CUNY PDI) to run a comprehensive professional development program to equip at-home child care providers with an understanding of how core early childhood skills in literacy, math and science can be taught to young children (ages 2-5). This year, with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, CMOM expanded this program to provide at-home childcare providers with early childhood obesity prevention training.
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Nurse-Family Partnership
This partnership was launched by CMOM to provide early childhood health training for nurse volunteers who participate in a free citywide home-visiting program. The initiative seeks to improve the health, wellbeing and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time mothers and their children. In addition, CMOM is developing a partnership with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to provide training for staff at WIC centers throughout the city.