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Course Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how physical activity affects child health and why physical activity is important in early learning settings.
2. Describe the evidence-based standards for physical activity in early learning settings.
3. Apply new strategies to improve physical activity practices and policies in your early learning program.
4. Talk to parents about the importance of physical activity for children at home.

STARS Credit: 1

Training provides one (1) STARS continuing education hour in Health, Safety & Nutrition. See FAQ page for more information on STARS credits.

The training should take about 1 hour to complete.

Our trainings can be taken once per annual STARS credit cycle (July-June). You will only receive credits for when you completed the training and only once per cycle.

Training Outline

  • 1

    Overview and Introduction

    • Course Overview and Objectives

    • Introduction and Outline

    • Early Achievers Connections

  • 2

    Part 1: WHY & WHAT

    • WHY & WHAT

    • Why is physical activity in childhood important?

    • Pause and Reflect

    • Why is physical activity in childhood important?

    • Fundamental Movement Skills

    • Fundamental Movement Skills

    • Why is physical activity in childhood important?

    • What are the definitions and recommendations for physical activity in early learning settings?

    • True or False

    • Two kinds of Physical Activity

    • Physical Activity Recommendations

    • Tummy Time

    • Physical Activity Best Practice Standards - Review

    • Screen Time and Physical Activity

    • Screen Time Recommendations

    • Working with Parents to Reduce Screen Time at Home

    • Reducing Screen Time Best Practice Standards - Review

  • 3

    Part 2: Get Kids Moving - HOW & WHERE

    • Get Kids Moving - How and Where

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving!

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving! Activity Idea 1

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving! Activity Idea 2

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving! Activity Idea 3

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving! Activity Idea 4 & Discussion

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving! Infants and Toddlers

    • Where to Play: Outside & Discussion

    • Where to Play: Outside

    • Where to Play: Inside

    • Where to Play: Inside & Discussion

    • Ways to Get Kids Moving - Review

  • 4

    Part 3: Application, Review, and Resources

    • Application, Review, and Resources

    • Application 1: Activity Idea

    • Application 1: Reflection

    • Application 1: Early Achievers Connection

    • Application 2: Activity Idea

    • Application 2: Memory Check

    • Application 2: Early Achievers Connection

    • Tips for Gaining Support from Families

    • Physical Activity Resources

    • Written Policy

    • Resources for Creating Physical Activity Policy

  • 5

    Final Quiz and Wrap-Up

    • Final Quiz

    • Action Plan

    • Summary and Wrap-Up

  • 6


    • Training Evaluation


WA State Approved STARS Trainer

Emilee Quinn

Emilee Quinn has worked as researcher, evaluator, and technical assistance provider for the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition since 2011. She currently manages online STARS trainings for early learning providers in Washington State and leads and supports projects relating to public health nutrition and access to healthy food in partnership with community-based and governmental partners. Her prior experience also includes supporting systems-building efforts for early learning and child wellbeing initiatives in Washington State. She received her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Health Behavior and Health Education.