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Food program participation influences nutrition practices in early care and education settings


Studies report a higher quality of food and beverages served and healthier mealtime behaviors in CACFP-participating programs than nonparticipants. However, there has been variability in the effectiveness of program compliance with CACFP guidelines suggesting a need to understand practice implementation and barriers nationally. Nebraska currently ranks fifth for childhood obesity in children aged 2−4 years. Furthermore, CACFP provides reimbursement for 86% of ECEs throughout the state. Therefore, this study aimed to deter­mine differences by CACFP participation on nutrition requirements and best practices and barriers to implementing both, in Nebraska early care and education programs (ECEs) stratified by context (cen­ters vs home-based ECEs). (author abstract)

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United States

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Executive Summary

Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is associated with more nutritious foods and beverages in child care

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