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Achieving a state of healthy weight: 2013 update

Early care and education (ECE) programs have the potential to contribute to attainment of the national goal of stemming childhood obesity. The states may guide ECE providers toward this goal by establishing in their childcare licensing regulations clear expectations about the practices that further children's achievement and maintenance of healthy weight status. In 2010, as early childhood obesity was an increasing focus of national attention, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funded the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) to conduct an assessment of obesity prevention content in all states' child care licensing regulations for: child care centers, large or group family child care homes, and small family child care homes. Regulations were assessed for text consistent with best practices. The practices were drawn from selected standards in Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Ed. (CFOC3). More specifically, the standards were those included in the CFOC-based topical collection: Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Early Education: Selected Standards from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition (PCO2). The detailed report of the study methodology and findings was published by the NRC as Achieving a State of Healthy Weight: A National Assessment of Obesity Prevention Terminology in Child Care Regulations 2010, or ASHW 2010. ASHW 2010 is the baseline study against which each state's newly introduced or revised regulations may be compared to identify improvements or declines in obesity prevention practices that states require of licensed childcare programs. National reassessments that examined new and revised regulations followed for 2011 and 2012. Each ASHW study examines 47 practices (the ASHW variables) that were identified by the NRC's Healthy Weight Advisory Committee as high in impact upon childhood obesity if fully implemented in early care settings. (author abstract)
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