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Ohio Healthy Programs

The Ohio Healthy Program (OHP) was created in response to the growing concern surrounding childhood obesity. According to the 2019 Community Health Assessment, nearly 34% of 6th graders and 54% of 12th graders in Lorain County are overweight or obese. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) trains and recognizes programs meeting Ohio Healthy Program standards.

Both early care and education programs have the opportunity to earn recognition as an Ohio Healthy Program. Designations are valid for two years and complement Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) Requirements. Contact the Child Care Resource Center with specific questions regarding SUTQ.

Child Care Resource Center supports early childcare centers with taking the steps towards designation: 

  • Attending Ohio Approved training for administrators, cooks, and teachers
  • Implementing one new wellness policy every two years
  • Improving menus
  • Engaging families

Center Resources


  • Online Trainings: Webinars
    • Session 1: Healthy Habits, Parts 1-4. (10 hrs)
      • One teacher from each age group must attend.
    • Session 2: Healthy Menus (1.5 hrs)
      • The staff cook is to attend.
    • Session 3: Healthy Policy (1.5 hrs)
      • The administrator must attend.

There are many training options for teachers, cooks, and administrators. Visit OCCRRA to search for upcoming trainings. If you need assistance finding the next available training call us at 440-322-6367 and ask for Health Promotion.

Designated Programs

In Lorain County, the following programs have received and maintained their OHP designation as of November 13, 2023:

  • Cornerstone Preschool
  • Diane Willis
  • Faith House Daycare West
  • Faith House Sheffield
  • Future Generations Child Care & Development Center
  • Grafton Community Preschool
  • Hawthorne Elementary School
  • Head Start - Cascade
  • Head Start - Griswold
  • Head Start - Hopkins Locke
  • Head Start - LaGrange
  • Helen Steiner Rice Es
  • Horizon - Cascade
  • Horizon - East Lorain
  • Horizon - Lorain Community Center
  • Horizon - South Elyria Wilkes Villa
  • Horizon - Southside Lorain
  • Kendal Early Learning Center
  • Kids Academy Of Sheffield Lake
  • Lakeview Preschool Center
  • Larkmoor Elementary School
  • Little Angel Daycare
  • Little Hearts Learning Child Care Center
  • Little Lighthouse Learning Center
  • Lorain City Schools - Admiral King
  • Lorain City Schools - Frank Jacinto 
  • Lorain City Schools - Garfield 
  • Lorain City Schools - Stevan Dohanos
  • Lorain City Schools - Toni Morrison
  • Lorain City Schools - Washington 
  • Ms. Hunter's Precious Angels 
  • Oberlin Early Childhood Center
  • Palm Elementary School
  • Park Place Early Learning Center
  • Rockin Round The Clock Family Child Care
  • Salvation Army Learning Zone
  • Young's First Step Child Care Center 

If your child care center is interested in Ohio Healthy Programs, contact us at LCPH is available to assist your center, providing technical assistance and training that fit your schedule.

If you are a family childcare provider (Type A or Type B) and you are interested in Ohio Healthy Programs, contact the Children's Hunger Alliance at to get started.