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Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

The ACF supports various collaborations that directly support LMIC activities.

ACF partnered with Let's Move! Child Care (LMCC) to develop and disseminate promotional flyers for Tribal Child Care Facilities. ACF coordinated additional LMCC training events with a comprehensive focus on approaches to address childhood obesity in early childhood setting and signed up new providers for LMCC in Regions I, VIII, and X. ACF staff in Central and Regional Offices work closely with States, Territories, and Tribes to promote and encourage participation in LMCC.

Rule changes to ACF's Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), proposed May 2013, would make comprehensive reforms to the CCDF program in order to strengthen health and safety requirements for child care providers and promote practices to improve the quality of child care. Among these reforms, ACF proposes to require that child care providers serving CCDF children must receive pre-service or orientation training on specific health and safety topics, including "age-appropriate nutrition, feeding, including support for breastfeeding, and physical activity.

The National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) recognized seventeen tribal child care providers for their success implementing LMCC best practices at an awards ceremony at their Bi Annual conference (August 2013). There were also LMCC sessions that were conducted during the conference. The Let's Move! Child Care 101 sessions provided an overview of the LMCC objectives, goals, and how to get started. The Let's Move! Next Steps session provided creative ways in which providers can reach the LMCC goals.

The Office of Child Care (OCC) will support States, Territories, and Tribes in their efforts to strengthen health and safety practices and improving the quality of child care including requirements related to nutrition and physical activity as outlined in the CCDF proposed changes. OCC will also continue the partnerships with National Association of Family Child Care Providers (NAFCC) and NICCA to increase the number of family child care and tribal child care providers involvement in LMCC.

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Agency Grants, Awards, and Resources:

  • The Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (Tribal MIECHV) program provides grants to tribal organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Community Partners:

  • Let's Move! Child Care
  • National Indian Child Care Association
  • National Association of Family Child Care Providers