About HOP'N Child Development
HOP'N (Health Opportunities for Physical Activity and Nutrition) Child Development is an obesity prevention initiative targeting children between the ages of 3 and 5 and their families developed by a team of experts led by Dr. David Dzewaltowski. This project is supported by a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to Kansas State University. Here at HOP'N Child Care you will find the HOP'N Home curriculum and other useful resources which you may use at your child care program. You may navigate the site using the tabs above, or by using the table of contents listed below (we are currently updating the site, the table of contents will appear in the near future). If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Kansas State University Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Motivation Laboratory.
HOP'N Home Curriculum
The recommended citation for the HOP'H Home Curriculum:
Dzewaltowski, D.A., Hastmann, T.J., Holmberg, T. (2011). Healthy Opportunities for Physical Activity (HOP'N) Home Child Care Obesity Prevention Curriculum. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
HOP'N Home was developed with support from a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to Kansas State University. The curriculum development team acknowledges many partners who had input in developing and evaluating the curriculum including: Dr. Bronwyn Fees, Kasey Kile, Cathy Gray, Barb Roths, Dr. George Milliken, Paige Johnson, Michaela Schenkelberg and Dr. Richard Rosenkranz. Dr. Dzewaltowski is the lead author on the curriculum. Dr Tanis Hastmann led the design of the curriculum units. Teri Holmberg wrote the HOP'N Home musical narratives.
HOP’N Child Development curriculum materials are copyrighted and password protected. To gain access for educational use, free of charge, please complete the survey below and the site password will appear in a separate window. The information you provide will only be used within our organization to track curriculum use. You may be contracted by our staff to gain information for program improvement.
"We're busy working on our Accreditation Portfolios and I've found so many different places where I've been able to use the HOP'N Home program as a way to meet a standard for the children learning about nutrition, eating healthy, staying active, etc. Thanks so much!"
- Debbie H., EduCare, Fall 2012
"My home daycare just loved participating in the HOP'N Home program. It was very easy to follow and not only did I learn A LOT myself as a provider my kids and their families both embraced the concept and made personal changes in their lives due to the program. I feel this program is necessary and I hope every provider has an opportunity to participate in it"
- Carol R., Just For Kids Home Daycare, Spring 2011
"We love it. The children were able to understand what slow food was & what go food was. Even today after we are through with it the children still ask to listen to the CD and let us know if it's a go food or slow food. I did not have much luck with most of my parents but the children learned a lot about eating right & getting their body moving. I think everyone should get try it. I think the children are eating better now."
- Elizabeth H., Busy Bees Day Care, Spring 2011
David Dzewaltowski was an invited speaker at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, D.C. His talk titled "Creating healthy environments at home: Parenting for the development of physical activity" contributed to the conversation about parents and childhood obesity prevention.
HOP'N HOME Trainings Available
Kansas State University's Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Motivation Laboratory has partnered with Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) to offer training sessions on the HOP'N curriculum.
The first session will begin in September of 2013. Additional sessions will be offered through the Spring of 2015. Participants will be given access to the curriculum and continued support in implementing the activities into daily activities.
For more information on this course, please contact Kasey Kile (firstname.lastname@example.org), Training and Curriculum Specialist.
Funding for the HOP'N Home Training was provided by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a philanthropy based in Hutchinson, Kansas.