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SB-464 Child care: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 464


Introduced by Senator Jackson

February 21, 2013


An act to add Article 23.5 (commencing with Section 8490) to Chapter 2 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, relating to child care.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 464, as introduced, Jackson. Child care: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act.
Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, is enacted for, among other purposes, the purpose of providing a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of child care and development services for children from infancy to 13 years of age and their parents, including a full range of supervision, health, and support services through full- and part-time programs.
This bill would enact the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act, and add it to the Child Care and Development Services Act. The bill would establish standards with respect to nutrition and physical activity for early childhood education programs, infant care programs, and afterschool programs conducted under the Child Care and Development Services Act. The bill would express legislative intent to encourage all child care providers to implement educational programs for parents that provide parents with physical activity and nutritional information relevant to the health of their children.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 23.5 (commencing with Section 8490) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  23.5. Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act

8490.
 This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act. This article shall establish standards for early childhood education programs, infant care programs, and afterschool programs conducted pursuant to this chapter.

8490.1.
 Early childhood education programs conducted under this chapter shall meet all of the following standards:
(a) Opportunities for light, moderate, and vigorous physical activity shall be provided for at least 15 minutes per hour while children are in care.
(b) There shall be no “screen time,” which is time spent watching a television or computer screen, for children who are under two years of age. Children two to five years of age, inclusive, shall be limited to no more than 30 minutes per day of screen time for children in half-day programs and no more than 60 minutes of screen time for children in full-day programs.
(c) Fruits and vegetables shall be served at every meal, which shall be eaten family-style whenever feasible. No fried foods shall be served.
(d) Water shall be offered at the table during every meal, and shall be accessible at all times. Beverages with added sugars shall not be served.
(e) Children of two years of age or older may be served low-fat (1 percent) or nonfat milk, or 100 percent fruit juice, in quantities of four to six ounces.

8490.2.
 Infant care programs conducted under this chapter shall meet all of the following standards:
(a) Opportunities shall be provided each day for infants to move freely under adult supervision to explore their indoor and outdoor environments and to optimize adult-infant interactions.
(b) Daily “tummy time,” which is time spent in the prone position, shall be provided for infants who are six months old or younger.
(c) There shall be no screen time for children who are under two years of age.
(d) Adults who work with infants and their families shall promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continuation of breastfeeding in conjunction with complementary foods for one year or more.

8490.3.
 Afterschool programs conducted under this chapter shall meet all of the following standards:
(a) The program shall ensure that children engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day for full-day programs, including a mixture of moderate and vigorous physical activities that promote bone and muscle strengthening. Play shall be outdoors whenever feasible.
(b) There shall be no access to television or motion pictures. Time spent with digital devices shall be limited to one hour per day or less, and access to digital devices shall only be allowed in connection with homework or a program that actively engages children in activity.
(c) Fruits and vegetables shall be served at every meal, which shall be eaten family-style whenever feasible. No fried foods shall be served.
(d) Children may be served water, low-fat (1 percent) or nonfat milk, or 100 percent fruit juice, in quantities of six to eight ounces per day.

8490.4.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage all child care providers to implement educational programs for parents that provide parents with physical activity and nutritional information relevant to the health of their children.