Be Active Kids Joins Go NAPSACC

Recognizing the positive impact of collaborative innovations on the child care community, Go NAPSACC and Be Active Kids join forces to efficiently and effectively promote healthy practices, policies, and environments for our nation's young children. "It is an exciting development to welcome Be Active Kids into the Go NAPSACC Team.  By combining our two successful programs we will improve our ability to build healthy habits in young children across North Carolina and the nation.”, said Dr. Dianne Ward, director of the Children’s Healthy Weight Research group.

After 21 years as a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the award-winning Be Active Kids program will be incorporated into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s nationally recognized Go NAPSACC program. “For More than two decades, Be Active Kids has done amazing work to create a culture of health in North Carolina’s child care centers by working with more than 5,000 centers to train 20,000 child care providers in best practices around physical activity and good nutrition,” said Dr. John Lumpkin, president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.  “We are so proud of the work they have done and we’re excited to see what’s possible with the new partnership.”  Since 1999, Be Active Kids and its partners at Be Active North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC) have provided important resources, professional development, curriculum, and training to grassroots care givers and technical assistance consultants across North Carolina and beyond. Be Active Kids nutrition, food safety, and physical activity initiatives have resulted in meaningful contributions to early childhood systems.

Starting April 1st, Rich and the Go NAPSACC team will begin investigating ways to build on and utilize components of the Be Active Kids program in Go NAPSACC’s suite of online tools. For updates, visit Be Active Kids FAQs.


  • Preservice Teachers Learn to Use Be Active Kids in Limited Spaces

    I really enjoyed our class meeting. It was interesting to discover that you can do just about anything with children in the classroom where there may not be much space to encourage them to be active.  A change that I will make in my own life is to be more active, as well as my daughter. I will share this information with my friends that have children such as yoga animals, or Simon Says.

    Cathy Sesta, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

    Thank you for inviting me to be part of this year’s Institute. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. You’re doing amazing work and I hope I’ll be able to continue contributing to it a bunch in the future.

    Rae Pica,
  • Plenty of Resources That I Can Use and Share

    This class was informative, and I look forward to being physically active with young children. On Friday, I volunteered at a Parents Night Out through my daughter's school. When I got there the kids were watching a movie. I got them up to play Simon Says and Red Light Green Light, however, after that I was stuck on what to do. I wish I had the knowledge I gained from this class, to have made it more exciting.

    I enjoyed your Land and Lake Activity.

    Venessa Wright, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Be Active Kids Trainers Rock!

    I loved the training.  I would have loved it more if I had the other teachers from my center there also.  I am really looking forward to taking my kit to work and sharing it with my staff.  I liked Brittney, she reminded me of myself as far as being very active and motivated.  When I am at work with my little ones we stay busy all day.  I feel like singing my instructions and dancing my actions helps them to focus better on what I need for them to do.  Britney was great and I learned a lot from her. I am always trying to find new little ways to get the kids moving.

    Tiffany Daniel, Sandhill Community College

    The Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute was just wonderful!  Thank you again for including me in such an important effort to create and sustain leaders in EC physical activity. I would love to return to NC anytime that you think I can help. I enjoyed meeting the folks who work with you and hearing about all of the great things that are planned. 

    Linda Carson, Choosy Kids
  • Be Active Kids has Much to Offer

    Congratulations to you and everyone who has been promoting PA for young
    children in NC. You have much to be proud of here. Be Active Kids is an excellent source of ideas for promoting active play in unstructured settings. The Be Active Kids website also has resources on promoting unstructured active play. I encourage folks to review these resources. 

    Diane Craft, SUNY Cortland & Active Play Books