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Child Care Aware Training Academy™ and Smart Horizons to Offer Free Training Course for Provider Appreciation Day May 11

May 1, 2012

Online Nutrition & Physical Activity Course available at no charge for 24 hours 

Arlington, VA-- The Child Care Aware Training Academy™ and partner Smart Horizons will offer a free online training course to celebrate Provider Appreciation Day, which recognizes child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day.

The course – which focuses on how providers can create a healthier child care setting – will be available at no charge until midnight on May 11. Those who complete the class will be able to print a certificate of completion.

The 2-hour, online Promoting Nutrition & Physical Activity in Child Care course is designed to help child care providers understand the causes of childhood obesity and how to most effectively address them in a child care setting through active play and nutritional meal planning. These courses include helpful, printable resource guides, family letters, activity ideas and planning forms.

The free offering reflects Child Care Aware of America®’s commitment to the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative, which provides tools and resources to promote healthy eating and exercise in family child care homes and centers. The program was launched in June 2011 and was an outgrowth of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation.

Provider Appreciation Day, occurring this year on May 11, is a special day to honor child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children. Nearly 11 million children under age 5 spend a portion of their week in the care of someone other than their mother – on average, about 35 hours per week. For more information and resources, visit www.

Providers can access the free course at

Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies), is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at

Smart Horizons is an online training provider that offers courseware development by experienced Instructional Designers, custom offerings, Learning Management services and superior media design. As an IACET Authorized Provider, Smart Horizons offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under IACET guidelines and provides a wide range of training services, including content development and hosting, product delivery, and student enrollment, support, and record keeping.