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Self-Assessment Tool

Before you use the materials on this website, please complete this assessment based on your center's practices in the last month. When answering questions, it is important to honestly assess your child care center to best identify its strengths and areas that need improvement. This will allow you to set goals to improve your nutrition and physical activity environment, policies and practices. When answering the questions, keep in mind what your facility does that majority of the time, as your practices may fall into more than one category. If applicable, be sure to involve any key staff members that may help in answering questions accurately.

Next, compare your answers with the self-assessment benchmark provided. Finally, create an Action Plan based on the template provided. This will allow you to set goals for improvement, create a timeline for achieving these goals and establish ways to measure your progress.

Water
DRINKING WATER ISEasily visible and available for self serveEasily visible and available on requestVisible, but only available during designated water breaksNot visible
AT SNACK TIME, WATER IS PROVIDED WHEN MILK OR JUICE IS NOTAlwaysSometimesRarely Never
Milk
MILK SERVED TO CHILDREN 12 THROUGH 23 MONTHS ISWhole2%1%Fat-free/skim
MILK SERVED TO CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER ISWhole2%1%Fat-free/skim
Juice
100% FRUIT JUICE IS SERVED TO CHILDREN2 or more times per day1 time or less per day2 times per week or less on different daysNever
100% FRUIT JUICE IS SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per day1 or more times per week1 or more times per monthNever
NON-100% JUICE (e.g., juice cocktail) IS SERVED1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever
BEVERAGES OTHER THAN MILK WATER AND 100% FRUIT JUICE (e.g., soda, sports drinks) ARE SERVED1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever
Grains & Breads
WHOLE GRAINS ARE SERVED2 or more times per day1 or more times per day2-4 times per week1 time per week or less
CEREALS WITH MORE THAN 6 GRAMS OF SUGAR ARE SERVED1 or more times per day3-4 times per week1-2 times per weekNever
SWEET BREADS/GRAINS (e.g., donuts,cookies, Danishes) ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per day3-4 times per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
SWEET BREADS/GRAINS (e.g., donuts,cookies, Danishes) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per day3-4 times per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
Fruits & Vegetables
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED FRUITS OR VEGETABLES (e.g., French fries, hash browns, tater tots) WITH MORE THAN 35% OF CALORIES FROM FAT ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED FRUITS OR VEGETABLES (e.g., French fries, hash browns, tater tots) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
Meats & Meat Alternates
PROCESSED MEATS (e.g., bologna, hot dogs, sausage) ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
PROCESSED MEATS (e.g., bologna, hot dogs, sausage) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED MEATS (e.g., chicken nuggets, fish sticks) WITH MORE THAN 35% OF CALORIES FROM FAT ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED MEATS (e.g., chicken nuggets, fish sticks) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever
CHEESE FOOD OR CHEESE PRODUCT IS SERVED1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever
Holidays/Celebrations
HOLIDAYS ARE CELEBRATED WITH FOODS THAT MEET GUIDELINES OR NON-FOOD ITEMS (e.g., stickers)All of the timeMost of the timeSome of the timeRarely or never
PARENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH GUIDELINES FOR HOLIDAY/CELEBRATION FOODSYesNo
Staff
STAFF SITS WITH CHILDREN DURING MEALSEvery dayA few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF EATS THE SAME MEALS/SNACKS AS CHILDRENEvery dayA few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO TRY NEW FOODSEvery dayA few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF ENGAGES IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WITH CHILDRENEvery dayA few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF HELPS CHILDREN LEAERN TO RECOGNIZE HUNGER/FULLNESS CUESStrongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
STAFF MODELS POSITIVE HEALTH HABITSStrongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
STAFF IS PROVIDED WITH TRAINING/CONTINUING EDUCATION ON NUTRITION AND/OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN 2 or more times per year1 time per yearLess than 1 time per yearRarely or never