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thumbnail Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care

NAPSACC/Go NAPSACC is a direct education and PSE change intervention designed to enhance nutrition and physical activity practices in early care and education programs by improving the:

  • supports for breastfeeding, healthy meals, farm to ECE, and oral health;
  • amount and quality of indoor and outdoor physical activity;
  • provider–child interactions around food and physical activity;
  • educational opportunities for children, parents, and providers; and
  • program policies related to breastfeeding, nutrition, oral health, indoor and outdoor physical activity, and screen time.

Go NAPSACC targets child care policy, practice and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors in young children. The original NAPSACC program was designed for Child Care Health Consultants to use with the centers they serve and focused on best practices for promoting healthy eating and physical activity habits in children ages 3–5.  The online Go NAPSACC tools can be used directly by ECE programs, with varying amounts and types of support from technical assistance consultants, thus lending more flexibility to the model. The seven updated Go NAPSACC self-assessments and online tools cater to both centers and family child care homes and provide guidance for promoting healthy habits in children ages birth to five. Over the history of the program, the self-assessments and/or entire change process have been used by groups in at least 30 states and internationally.

Listed in the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework Interpretive Guide.

UNC Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention.
Funding Source
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation.
Free Material
SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
  • Evaluated
  • Pilot Tested
Evaluation Information

NAPSACC is an evidence-based program for improving the health of young children by enhancing child care programs’ practices, policies, and environments. Visit the GO NAPSACC website to see a list of publications.

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SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

Annual membership price for contracts is $25,000. Go NAPSACC generally works with state partners to share Go NAPSACC with their local child care programs. If you are a child care provider or a technical assistance (TA) consultant, visit the Participating States page to see if your state has already joined.

*SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.

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