Better Together was a 3 year project completed by ArCOP and Curricula Concepts. This project supported the adoption of best practices that promote healthy eating and physical activity among young children through program level and state system-level improvements targeting early care and education (ECE) settings. Go NAPSACC is the program and toolset through which these best practices were implemented. Better Together was researched to document the change that occurs in Arkansas.
The program began early in 2020 with a convening of key stakeholders in each of the participating 4 states. These stakeholders selected two state system-level actions that will help to improve healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices in ECE programs. Each state implemented the learning collaboratives that support ECE programs in their journey to improve their healthy eating and physical activity practices. Additionally, the Go NAPSACC platform has been made available free of charge to all licensed ECE programs in the states.
The Better Together program ended June 2022 but the Go NAPSACC platform continues to be made available free of charge to providers!
Below you'll find an interactive map of Early Childhood Education programs taking part in the state of Arkansas.
Growing Healthy Children Recognition
Applications for our Growing Healthy Children Recognition Awards are now open. If you're a Go NAPSACC enrolled early childhood care provider we encourage you apply and get the recognition you deserve for make Arkansas's children healthier. The deadline for this year's applications is January 18th, 2022. Go to the application page and get started today!
Go NAPSACC Introduction and Provider Training
In this video our Health Education Coordinator Ashleigh Story details how licensed Early Childhood Care Providers can take part in "Go NAPSACC", an online program that supports healthy childcare. With Go NAPSACC’s easy-to-use online tools and an online library of videos, activities, and flyers, ECE programs are led through a process to create environments with improved nutrition and physical activity for children. Participation in the program is limited so please contact Ashleigh at Ashleigh.Story@arkansasobesity.org.
You can also visit the "Go NAPSACC" homepage to explore all the tools they have to offer.
Go NAPSACC in Action
Go NAPSACC is making a healthy difference in the lives of Arkansas children. Childcare providers across the state are using this free online program to instill better eating habits and encourage physical activity. We followed ArCOP's Health Education Coordinator and statewide TA Ashleigh Story as she visited Family First Childcare in Greenbrier, Arkansas to see why Go NAPSACC is such a powerful tool.