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Healthy Child Care Initiative

With its partners, the Minneapolis Department of Health works to prevent childhood obesity by improving physical activity and nutrition policies and practices at all licensed child care programs and Parents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start sites in Minneapolis.


Resources for Child Caring (RCC) is a nonprofit organization helping licensed center-and family-based child care programs assess their current physical activity and nutrition practices. RCC provides training, resources and on-site technical assistance to improve these practices.

PICA Head Start, a nonprofit organization serving low-income families, is integrating healthy practices throughout all positions (center directors, visiting advocates, teachers and cooks) at 6 centers in Minneapolis and 3 centers in suburban Hennepin County, affecting 2,195 toddlers.

Progress to Date

Resources for Child Caring:

PICA Head Start:

Program Contact

For more information, please contact:

Lara Pratt
(612) 673-3815

Last updated Apr 12, 2013