People who love, hate or feel something else about Boise City Councilman T.J. Thomson’s proposed Healthy Child Care Initiatives will have two chances to let the city of Boise know what they think.
The city is hosting open houses Saturday and Monday on Thomson’s proposal, which would offer non-mandatory guidelines for making sure kids in professional childcare facilities eat well, exercise and don’t spend too much time in front of a screen. In developing the proposal, Thomson worked with Idaho health experts Beth Oppenheimer and Rebecca Lemmons.
“My goal is to make this the healthiest city in America,” Thomson said when he unveiled Healthy Child Care Initiatives in January. “Two-thirds of all our kids go to child care, and with 300 child care providers here in the city of Boise on average at any one time, we’re talking about a lot of kids. From a policy perspective, I think this would have the single greatest impact on reducing childhood obesity of pretty much anything we could do.”
The city will also use the open houses to discuss potential changes to worker-to-child ratios and additional training requirements for childcare providers. The city is working in coordination with Central District Health Department and the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children on these proposals.
Input from the open houses will help determine the path forward — if any — for each proposal.
OPEN HOUSE #1
9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12
Boise Public Library, main branch, Hayes Auditorium
715 S. Capitol Blvd.
OPEN HOUSE #2
7:00 p.m., Monday, April 14
Cole & Ustick Library
7557 W. Ustick Road