Caregiver and Me: Get Healthy with Sesame Street

submission by samantha.daleiden
Caregiver and Me: Get Healthy with Sesame Street

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

T&L Foundation for Child Care Information, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, Magnolia Place Family Center (Children's Bureau), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Impact children’s health and wellness by supporting child care providers (essentially any caregiver who is not the child’s parent) by providing them with educational, monetary, and human resources they may not typically have access to or know about.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The “Caregiver and Me: Get Healthy with Sesame Street” pilot project is an innovative learning experience addressing the childhood obesity epidemic in Los Angeles County by targeting family, friend and neighbor child caregivers in areas with obesity rates of 30% or higher. This is a collaborative effort with community and government organizations familiar with the critical need and challenges of engaging the family, friend and neighbor community caring for an estimated 97,000 children in LA.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


We will make LA the Healthiest place to live by changing the trajectory of children’s health in targeted high need areas. Instilling healthy habits in children of LA County in 2016 is growing the healthy adults of 2050. How? By providing an educational opportunity targeting the Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) child caregiver that challenges the status quo. The Lucille & David Packard Foundation released a 3 dimensional report regarding FFN caregivers to encourage rethinking how we attempt to engage and educate them. According to The Early Care and Education Landscape in LA County Report, this community is caring for 97,000 children as they develop 90% of their brain from ages 0-5. These children are spending a great deal of time, during their most formative and vulnerable years, with individuals who are not required to (and generally do not) participate in educational trainings for any aspect of early childhood development, including health and wellness. Grandparents and other FFN caregivers are unknowingly contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic by not understanding the crucial role they play in a child’s growth and development. There are 11 areas in LA County with childhood obesity rates at 30% or higher and these are the areas we are going to target.

Messaging, branding, location, language, activities, training leaders and style of training must be tailored to this audience to impact all aspects of early education including healthy habits.

This class will be using a successful “mommy & me” model in an innovative way. Sesame Street materials create a familiar and common ground for leader, participants and children. Sharing information about physical activity, healthy cooking and purchasing healthful foods on a budget will feel like a fun outing with the children and not a “training” for the professional caregiver. Including the children in the learning event will also empower the caregiver to do these things in her home as he/she has already experienced how to do it WITH the children.

Another innovative highlight to this project is using a successful model of leadership cultivations that Magnolia Place implemented with an FFN reading club project. Trust is cited time and again as the crux of a successful project in this community therefore the leaders of our classes will be individuals from the FFN community not only establishing a trusting environment during the class but cultivating leaders within the community.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


In an effort to determine the success and adjustments necessary regarding this pilot project, we will create an evaluation tool - two surveys - to be taken before and after the class. One will be directed toward what brought them to the class, how they got there, if there were any barriers they had to remove in order to attend and what expectations they have for the class. This will help us assess what part of the recruiting and outreach process worked best as well as determine if we accurately set expectations for the experience. The second survey will help us determine the success of the class itself - format and style, materials, location, environment, class leader and will help us determine if they would recommend it to other community members, if they would come to another class style like this on another topic and if they would want to always keep it with the same leader and group or if signing up for a random class provided is attractive option.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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