Early Care Award Application

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2020 Healthiest State Initiative Early Care Award Application


Thank you for applying for the 2020 Healthiest State Initiative Early Care Award. In order to apply for an award, you must also be a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Registered Site. Click here to become a registered site. Both documents will be reviewed during the award review process. If you are not a 5-2-1-0 Registered Site already, we would encourage you to start there and return to this application after you have completed that.

This application will ask you to elaborate on how wellness work is being implemented at your site, why you started doing this work and how your site is innovative. Additionally, it will also ask you to take a deeper dive into how you have implemented 5 of the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! "Key Action Items." Please email molly@iowahealthieststate.com with questions.

1)     Please tell us about the history of the work you are doing and your motivation behind it. Please include the following details (400 word limit):

·      What motivated you/your team to begin to do the work to create a healthy environment for your students? Where did the needs lie? Include applicable demographic information about your school.

·      How did this background drive the 5-2-1-0 work you have done and the strategies you chose to focus on?

·      If you have applied for a Healthiest State Award previously, please describe how your efforts have built upon or expanded the work you’ve done in the past. If this is not addressed here and in the action item descriptions (if applicable to the action items) you will not be considered for an award. 

2) Please select 1 "Key Action Item" from each of the following dropdown menus to elaborate on.    You will do this for 5 total action items over the course of the application. When describing how you have created change around the "Key Action Items" please keep in mind that points will be awarded based on how well supported and sustainable your efforts are.

3) Describe why the work you are doing is innovative and why you are proud of the specific work you are doing at your site.