Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Young children’s screen time and physical activity: Perspectives of parents and early care and education center providers


Early care and education (ECE) providers and parents can facilitate physical activity (PA) and reduce screen time in preschoolers. Input from caregivers on barriers and facilitators of PA and screen time is needed to comprehensively address these behaviors and promote children’s health. Four focus groups (3 parent and 1 ECE provider) were conducted. Thematic analysis was performed to identify themes and subthemes. Twenty-eight caregivers (21 parents and 7 ECE providers) participated. Caregivers reported responsibility for modeling and shaping children’s PA and screen time. Parents felt that a busy lifestyle was a PA barrier and encouraged screen time. ECE providers were concerned about certain environmental influences on PA. The groups differed in their view of screen time as either entertainment (parents) or educational (providers). Both types of caregivers were unaware of PA or screen time guidelines. Investigation into opportunities to utilize screen time to serve priorities of both caregivers and promote child PA are needed. (author abstract)

Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
United States

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection. They are found by comparing the topic, author, and resource type of the currently selected resource to the rest of the library’s publications.

Child developmental and special education service receipt: The intersection of health and poverty

Reports & Papersview

Screen time use impacts low-income preschool children's sleep quality, tiredness, and ability to fall asleep

Reports & Papersview

Characterizing family contextual factors and relationships with child behavior and sleep across the Buffering Toxic Stress Consortium

Reports & Papersview
Release: 'v1.13.0' | Built: 2022-08-08 12:44:31 EDT