CATCH Open Academy
Interested in the CATCH program? Consider attending one of our CATCH Open Academies!
CATCH is currently being implemented at over 10,000 sites across the country and we want everyone to have access to our evidence-based program, regardless of the size of your district or organization. CATCH Open Academies are offered periodically and may appeal to you if you fall into any of the following three groups:
- Are you interested in a first-time implementation of the most effective nutrition and physical activity program in your school, district, or program, but lack the funds or amount of attendees to host a local training?
- Has your school, district or program been trained prior to the development of new CATCH resources and materials, experienced high staff turnover or do you just need your program reinvigorated?
- Would your district or organization like to maintain a person on staff who is certified to train others to implement and sustain the CATCH program regardless of staff turnover and shifting organizational priorities?
Take this opportunity to become a leader in your community by helping establish and sustain healthy environments that truly improve the health behaviors of children, faculty, staff and parents. Please look over the following descriptions to ensure you choose the right program for your organization:
CATCH Training Programs
CATCH Early Childhood Training
For those working with students ages 3-5 in a preschool, daycare or early learning center atmosphere. Early Childhood training participants will utilize CATCH physical activity and nutrition curriculum. They are also introduced to garden segments, adaptations for students with special needs, and other management tools for working with this age group.
CATCH In-School Training
For those working in district or school environments with any combination of grades kindergarten through 8th grade. School-based training covers an overview of the CATCH program and component-specific review of CATCH resource materials with a focus on the CATCH Coordination Kit. Time will be allowed for strategic planning and participants will leave with a clear sense of action items to support program implementation.
CATCH Kids Club Training
For those working with students during out-of-school time in a before-school, after-school or summer program. CATCH Kids Club training teaches and demonstrates strategies to encourage an increase in physical activity and awareness of healthy eating in their program. Participants will utilize CATCH Kids Club materials and actively participate in games and activities.
CATCH Training Options
1 Day Implementation Training Attendees: will receive training in successfully implementing the CATCH program in their schools or organizations utilizing the CATCH materials and curriculum. The implementation training is great if your organization has one or two additional staff members that need training or you work for a very small program and only need a small number of staff trained.
3 Day Academy participants (who pass our certification test at the end of our three day training): will be certified CATCH trainers who can conduct implementation trainings within their districts, organizations and regions (for those educators/public health professionals who service larger areas than a school district). Attendance at the three day Academy will ensure your school, district or organization long term sustainability as your core administrative staff are trained to deliver the award winning CATCH program.
For over 25 years, The CATCH programs have guided children on how to be healthy for a lifetime and is recognized as the leader in health promotion and childhood obesity prevention programming.
If you have any further questions or would like to sign up for a future training session, please contact Lindsay Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-500-0050 x805
Why it Works
CATCH is based on the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model in which health education, school environment, and family/community involvement work together to support youth in a healthy lifestyle.