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Early Childhood Health Program
The Early Childhood Health Program aims to promote safe and healthy environments where young children live and learn. It includes the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program and the Health and Safety Program.

Mission: To protect and improve the health of all young Ohioans and their families by collaborating with others to promote a safe and healthy environment where each child lives and learns.

Vision: Safe and healthy environments for each young child will be the standard in Ohio. 

Program Goals

  • Create a culture of health and safety
  • Increase equity of safe environments and healthy options
  • Use consistent messages in diverse settings

The Early Childhood Health Program includes the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (ECOPP) and Health and Safety Trainings.

Electronic Bulletin Board

The Early Childhood Health Program's electronic bulletin board provides timely one-way communication to early childhood professionals across the state. The email messages include health-related updates, information, training opportunities and other items relevant to early childhood health. 

Click here to register for the ODH Early Childhood Health Electronic Bulletin Board. 


Ohio Early Care and Education Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment

The Ohio Department of Health Early Childhood Health program is pleased to announce the launch of a new self-assessment tool for early care and education (ECE) programs, the Ohio ECE Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment. This Ohio-specific assessment measures nutrition, physical activity, and related environments, practices, and policies in ECE settings. It is designed to be completed by ECE center administrators and family child care professionals across the state.  Any ECE professional in the state may choose to complete the assessment.

For an introduction on how to use the self-assessment, please go to OhioTRAIN (https://www.train.org/odh/home ) and search for course #1090281.  If you do not have an OhioTRAIN account, please follow the instructions to create one.  If you have an account but have forgotten your password, do NOT create a new account.  Instead, request a new password from the OhioTRAIN site.

A Quick Start Guide is available to help you use the assessment.  In addition, if you would prefer to complete the assessment on paper before entering your information online, you may print the assessment questions here.  In order to receive your program summary report, you must enter the information online.

Click here to start the Ohio ECE Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment.


"Ohio Healthy Programs Technical Assistance for Child Care Centers and Public Preschools Competitive Solicitation"

The Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP) Technical Assistance for Child Care Centers and Public Preschools Program expands the technical assistance component of OHP to assist Child Care Centers and Preschools to receive the assistance they need to make policy and environmental changes that will lead to OHP designation that ultimately will improve the health and wellbeing of children and families they serve.

The Bidder's Conference PowerPoint slides from May 6, 2020 can be found by clicking here.

Please click Here  to download the official solicitation document, which includes detailed instructions for applying.

Please click Here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

"All interested parties must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply for Funding (Appendix A in the solicitation), no later than 4:00 pm Tuesday May 12, 2020, to be eligible for these funds."