New Go NAP SACC Self-Assessment Now Available!

An updated and expanded version of the NAP SACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment) program’s self-assessment tool is now available for download! This release is part of a new project, Go NAP SACC, to update NAP SACC and offer more resources online.

Using the Go NAP SACC self-assessment, early care and education settings compare their current practices with a set of healthy eating and physical activity best practices. One of the exciting changes to this tool is that it now covers best practices for promoting the health of children ages birth to five. Along with serving a more age groups, the Go NAP SACC self-assessment now focuses on five areas: child nutrition, breastfeeding & infant feeding, infant & child physical activity, outdoor play & learning, and screen time. It will also cater to a range of child care settings including child care centers, family child care homes, and full-time as well as part-time programs.

“Our team is excited to release our new best practice recommendations and self-assessment tools,” says Dr. Dianne Ward, lead researcher in the development of Go NAP SACC. “For the past year, we have been working diligently on these updates, which we feel were very needed. We have been pleased to see the adoption of the NAP SACC program across the US, and we hope these new tools will provide continued support to providers and their efforts to foster healthy habits in young children.”

In the 10 years since NAP SACC was created, attention has grown on the importance of early care and education settings in shaping the health habits of young children. Because of this growing understanding, Go NAP SACC had many trusted sources to consult in updating its self-assessment tool, and the best practices at its core. Evidence from the most recent research in early childhood health formed the foundation for Go NAP SACC’s best practices. They were also shaped by nationally recognized recommendations from sources such as Caring for our children: National health and safety performance standards, and the Institute of Medicine’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies. Expert opinion from researchers and practitioners also helped to ensure accurate, comprehensive, and achievable standards.

The updated self-assessment is part of a larger project, Go NAP SACC. With funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, this project will deliver updated, interactive, online NAP SACC tools. Online tools are currently being built and tested and will be ready for providers in North Carolina to use in 2015.