One Step At a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active!


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  3. National Association for Sport and Physical Education. 2009. Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children from Birth to Age 5 (2nd ed.). Reston, VA: National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Resource Highlight

Head Start Body Start
The Head Start Body Start website provides ideas to help child care providers and families promote fun and educational experiences for young children to inspire movement and active play. The website includes a variety of tip sheets and other resources, including activities for babies and young children from birth to age 3, activities for children ages 3 to 5, tips to improve the environment, and simple ideas for how to get moving.

See Resources for a list of materials for child care providers and for parents.




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