In 2009, Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street and so much more, further disseminated the Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit (HHFL Resource Kit), a comprehensive tool to help home-based child care providers integrate nutrition and physical activity into daily routines in their programs serving preschool children. The kit was created previously, and this project enabled both its wider distribution and independent impact research.
Kidpoint, a research and evaluation firm located in Columbus, Ohio, conducted an evaluation under a subcontract from Sesame Workshop to assess the resource kit and found that providers, parents and children all had generally positive experiences.
Project staff reported to RWJF that in partnership with the National Association for Family Child Care they:
- Distributed more than 14,000 additional copies of the HHFL Resource Kit.
- An initial 1,100 copies were distributed to attendees of the National Association for Family Child Care conference, held June 25–27, 2009 in Baltimore.
- An additional 13,000 Resource Kits were distributed in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee, states with a high concentration of home-based child care providers serving low-income children.
- Hosted and moderated a Healthy Habits for Life webinar to train home-based child care providers to use the Resource Kit effectively. The webinar was offered in English and Spanish eight times from November 30 to December 8, 2009.