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New Jersey Adopts New Child Care Licensing Regulations

New Jersey adopted new regulations for licensing child care centers that will help children stay active and eat healthfully. Effective September 1, 2013, these strengthened regulations around nutrition, play time, screen time and breastfeeding will help create a healthier environment in child care centers. Special thanks to all of the ShapingNJ partners who were involved in this process.

Click here to read the new regulations.

Among other changes, New Jersey licensed child care centers must now:

  • Make outdoor space available for children to play
  • Provide children with at least 30 minutes of daily structured and unstructured play time (physical activity)
  • Limit the amount of time children may be inactive
  • Use of screen time for educational purposes only and limit screen time for children age 2 and younger
  • Limit serving sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Limit serving foods high in solid fats, added sugar, trans fats and sodium
  • Serve a variety of fruits, vegetables and a high portion of whole grains