Technical Assistance Providers

Why should I use Go NAP SACC?

Go NAP SACC provides everything you need to help early care and education programs plan for and make healthy changes. The original NAP SACC program is a trusted, evidence-based tool that has successfully served technical assistance providers since 2002. Go NAP SACC builds on this strong foundation by providing updated and expanded resources through a convenient, easy to use website.

Go NAP SACC values the important work you do. That’s why we also offer specialized online tools to help you track your participating programs and report on their progress. We think you’ll find using NAP SACC is now easier than ever.

Can I be trained to be a Go NAP SACC Consultant?

We hope to offer Go NAP SACC Consultant training in the future—stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the NAP SACC Consultant training at the Center for Excellence in Training and Research Translation.

What tools are available to me through Go NAP SACC?

With Go NAP SACC, you will have access to the online self-assessment and action planning tools that early care and education programs use. You will also have access to information and materials, like handouts and lessons that you can offer programs to help them take action on their goals.

Like the NAP SACC Technical Assistance manual, Go NAP SACC offers you tips for working with programs on Go NAP SACC best practices. The most unique part of Go NAP SACC is the online tracking system—with this you will be able to track progress for all of your programs in one easy-to-use location. By saving time with tracking, you will have more time to coach the programs that need your expert guidance.

Which self-assessment should providers start with?

Go NAP SACC has five self-assessments that cover key influences on healthy weight development in children. We do not recommend that providers take all five self-assessments at once. Instead, we recommend providers choose one or two self-assessments and then proceed with the rest of Go NAP SACC’s five steps in these focus areas. Over time, a provider may go through the five step process in each focus area.

When deciding where to start, work with providers and consider the following tips:

  • It is good for programs to start with the self-assessment that best fits their overall mission and goals.
  • In the beginning, it can be helpful for programs to focus on areas that teachers, staff, and family members are most interested in improving. This helps develop buy-in among these key players. Their enthusiasm and support will help when the program starts setting goals and making changes.
  • Child Nutrition and Infant & Child Physical Activity are the core areas of the original NAP SACC. If the program is new to making these kinds of changes, starting with these areas will provide a strong foundation.
  • Each self-assessment is a different length, and this may impact where you guide providers to start. Below is a list of the five self-assessments, the number of questions, and average length of time to it takes to complete each.
    • Breastfeeding & Infant Feeding: 23 questions, 10-15 minutes
    • Child Nutrition: 44 questions, 15-25 minutes
    • Infant & Child Physical Activity: 22 questions, 10-15 minutes
    • Outdoor Play & Learning: 20 questions, 10-15 minutes
    • Screen Time: 12 questions, 5-10 minutes

Remember, Go NAP SACC is flexible. Each child care provider should use the tools in their own way to meet their unique strengths and needs.