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About the Gold Sneaker Initiative

The Gold Sneaker Initiative was developed to enhance policy related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities across Tennessee.

Participation in the Gold Sneaker Initiative is voluntary and is open to any licensed child care facility in Tennessee. All policies shall be stated in the individual child care program's policies and a copy shall be provided to the Department of Health for maintenance of the Gold Sneaker recognition. Child care programs that implement these physical activity, nutrition and tobacco policies and include staff in training will earn a "Gold Sneaker" award which designates them as a "Gold Sneaker" child care program. Such designation can be used for marketing purposes for the child care program, and local organizations will encourage parents to select such programs.

How does a child care facility become recognized as a Gold Sneaker Facility?

  • Complete Application and email to mark.lollis@nashville.gov
  • Complete 2 hour online training
  • Provide a copy of an Infant Feeding Plan that has been utilized in the facility
  • Provide a Facility handbook that contain the Gold Sneaker Policies adopted
  • Provide class schedules (to show required amount of physical activity and enough time for meals and snacks)

For more information about the Gold Sneaker Initiative please contact Mark Lollis at 615-340-8574

Gold Sneaker Policy Information

Physical Activity Policy

  • Policy 1.1: Children ages 12 months or older attending a full day program shall be offered at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, either indoors or outdoors.  Children attending less than a full day program shall be offered a proportional amount of such activities.  For children ages three and older, this physical activity must be a balance of free play, teacher-directed activities, and music and movement.  This must be documented in the daily schedule and on lesson plan forms.
  • Policy 1.2: Viewing of television, videos and other visual recordings shall be limited to no more than 60 minutes per day of educational programs or programs that actively engage child movement.  Children attending less than a full day program shall be limited to a proportionate amount of such viewing.  This shall be stated in the individual child care facility’s policies.
  • Policy 1.3: Children shall not be allowed to remain sedentary or to sit passively for more than 60 minutes continuously, except for scheduled rest or naptime.  This shall be stated in the individual child care facility’s policies.
  • Policy 1.4: Child care facilities must ensure physical activity is a positive experience for children and is never used negatively or to control behavior.  This shall be stated in the individual child care facility’s policies.

Nutrition Policy

Nutrition standards will be enhanced by including additional nutrition policies that must be addressed in order to earn Gold Sneaker recognition:

  • Policy 1.5: Ensure appropriate infant and child feeding patterns, including breastfeeding. Staff will be sensitive to breastfeeding mothers and infants, and their eating patterns. Each infant will have a feeding plan on file, which is completed by the parent/parents and facility as a team to address their unique feeding patterns.
  • Policy 1.6: Ensure appropriate infant and child feeding patterns, including adequate time for meal consumption. Adequate time for meals and snacks will be allowed for all children, and will be included in classroom schedules.
  • Policy 1.7: Ensure appropriate infant and child feeding patterns, including appropriate portion sizes. Appropriate portion sizes will be assured through staff training and adherence to portion sizes as found in child care licensing regulations.
  • Policy 1.8: All eating opportunities should consist of a respect for the child and promoting a positive attitude toward food. Food shall never be used as rewards for children. This shall be stated in the individual child care facility’s policies.

Tobacco Policy

In order to ensure a healthy environment for all children the following tobacco policy must be adopted by the facility to earn Gold Sneaker recognition:

  • Policy 1.9: Child care facility campus shall be tobacco free. This shall be stated in the individual child care facility’s policies.

Gold Sneaker Child Care Programs – Davidson County

Agape Group Day Care Home
1028 Granada Avenue
Nashville 37206

American Child Care
4218 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211

American Child Care
2154 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

American Child Care
5508 Corbett Lane
Nashville, TN 37209

Ark of Love
1044 Percy Warner Blvd
Nashville 37205

Berry International Head Start Center
2233 Winford Avenue
Nashville, TN  37211

Dell's Day Care
7956 Saddle Ridge Trace
Nashville, TN 37221

Dudley Head Start Center
1203 3rd Avenue South
Nashville, TN  37210

Educare Childcare & Enrichment Center
3037 Brick Church Pike
Nashville, TN  37207

Excellence Early Childhood Academy
131 Edenwold Road
Madison, TN  37115

First Baptist Child Development Center
108 7th Avenue South
Nashville 37203

Frederick Douglas Head Start Center
1310 Ordway Place
Nashville, TN  37206

Hart to Heart
1244 2nd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210

Holly Tree of Priest Lake
344 Old Anderson Road
Antioch 37013

The Imagination Station
2525 B Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Kindercare Learning Center
592 Bell Road
Antioch, TN  37013

Kindercare Learning Center
410 Swiss Avenue
Nashville, TN  37211

La Petite Academy Nashville-Murrfeesboro Road
1842 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville 37217

La Petite Academy Goodlettsville-Dickerson
708 South Dickerson Rd
Goodlettsville 37072

Little Kiddies
910 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Ms. Carmens Precious Moments, Inc.
4825 Trumpet Circle
Nashville 37218

Nashville Christian School
7555 Sawyer Brown Road
Nashville, TN  37221

North Head Start Center
1624 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37208

Pam's Group Child Care Home
1001 West Greenwood Ave
Nashville 37206

Richland Head Start Center
5900 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN  37209

Shatina's Schoolhouse of Excellence
156 Oak Valley Dr.
Nashville, TN 37207

T's Tots Childcare
713 Albany Drive
Hermitage 37067

Tom Joy Head Start
1901 Lischey Avenue
Nashville, TN  37207