New health resource for early childhood educators

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MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, announces the release of a valuable new tool to support student health.

The Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ provides early childhood educators with age-appropriate health promoting activities. The early childhood module complements the K-12 modules of the nationally recognized Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum, and provides an emphasis on family involvement.

The Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ consists of 21 activities within four units: Social and Emotional Health; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Safety; and Personal Health and Wellness. Family Resource Sheets are included with every activity to extend the learning at home.

“Engaging our youngest students in health promoting activities starts them on the road to adopting lifelong healthy habits,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “The home activities offer an opportunity to extend those lessons to the entire family.”

The activities were designed to be adaptable to any early childhood learning environment. They are aligned to Michigan’s Early Learning Expectations and the National Health Education Standards. Early childhood educators will be provided training and technical assistance on the Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™ through the school health coordinator in their region. For a list of coordinators, visit Mishca.org/where.

For more information about the Michigan Model for Early Childhood Health™, including ordering information, visit the Michigan Model for Health Clearinghouse website at Mmhclearinghouse.org.

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