Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Recommendations made by the Illinois Early Learning Council are reportedly being taken seriously by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration…
The proposed rule changes, for example, would require day care providers to offer children at least two occasions per day of age-appropriate outdoor time, depending on the weather.
Children would be prevented from remaining still for more than 30 minutes, outside of scheduled nap times.
The rules would ban children younger than 2 from watching television and limit children age 2 and older to watching one hour per day of TV.
The new nutrition rules include a prohibition on serving snacks with high sugar or fat content and on using trans fats or saturated fats as butter substitutes.
Current rules forbid serving desserts with high sugar and fat content but don’t mention serving those items as snacks.
In addition, infants may not have bottles in their cribs, and older children may not carry no-spill cups throughout the day or night unless the cups contain only water.
All of this, according to the Erickson report, is being done to circumvent childhood obesity.
QUESTION: Should these proposed restrictions on unhealthy snacks and amount of down time be enacted? Please answer in comments below and explain your answer. For example, if “Yes,” then should there be other items on this list? If “No, then would you approve of any of these recommendations?