Many families have their children in childcare centers during the early years—a significant developmental stage before they get to school age where they join kindergarten classes.
Fortunately, the Mississippi Department of Health recently passed state-wide standards that would ensure every toddler, regardless of socioeconomic status, receives at least 60-minutes a day of play for full-day programs or 30-minutes for half-day morning or afternoon programs.
Thanks to this policy change, Mississippi has strong standards for healthy foods, physical activity, and limited screen time! No matter where children live or go for early care and education, they all deserve nutritious foods and physical activity, so they have the chance to grow up healthier and have healthy environments that help them learn better.
We applaud the Mississippi Department of Health for giving our kids the building blocks for a healthy life and thank the You're the Cure advocates who lent their voices to the campaign.