Health Initiatives

A child’s earliest health experiences set a foundation for future growth and development. VECF collaborates with health partners to strengthen and protect children’s health and well-being from the beginning.

Happy brother and sister eating strawberries with milk
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Happy, healthy children are ready for a happy, healthy future.
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Fun Food for kids. Cute smiling crab made of fresh fruits - apple, strawberry, blueberries and fresh mint - for a healthy breakfast with milk and biscuits

The Nemours’ Health Initiative 

The Nemours’ Health Initiative promotes healthy weight in children by improving healthy eating and physical activity in child care programs. A Nemours partners since 2014, VECF brings nutrition and child care partners together to make sure children have the best start. 

The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) helps child care programs serve healthy meals and snacks to children. VECF and state and local partners work together to help more child care programs join the in CACFP – so they can receive training and funding that improves nutrition in child care. Learn more about Virginia’s CACFP at Child and Adult Care Food Program – Virginia Department of Health – VDHLiveWell.  

The Developmental Screening Initiative

Families, doctors, child care providers and schools all play a role in helping children learn and grow. Virginia’s Developmental Screening Initiative brings partners together in six communities to share information about healthy child development, and to encourage developmental screening so families can make sure children are supported to reach their fullest potential at every age.

African mother playing with her 11 months old son

VECF encourages child care programs to promote good habits through other Virginia health initiatives. Each year, hundreds of educators celebrate Rev Your Bev Day, and teach children and families that water is the healthiest drink choice. Child care programs across the state are participating in Virginia’s Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care Recognition program, supporting families who want to keep breastfeeding their infants with the gold standard of infant feeding practices. To learn more about VECF’s Health Initiatives, contact Emily@vecf.org