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Dinkel Danae, Rech John P., Guo Yage, Bice Matthew R., Hulse Emily, Behrends Donnia, Burger Christy, Dev Dipti A., 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Go Nutrition and Physical activity Self Assessment in Child Care (NAP SACC) is an evidence based intervention developed to positively impact childhood obesity in early childhood education (ECE) facilities. One focus of Go NAP SACC is the…

Kohel Kara, Hatton-Bowers Holly, Williams Natalie A., Dev Dipti A., Behrends Donnia, Hulse Emily, Rida Zainab, Dingman Holly, Dinkel Danae, Gebhart Liz, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Purpose Breastfeeding and responsive feeding are important practices that support the health of infants and women. In the United States, breastfeeding continuation rates remain lower than recommended, and working women face additional challenges…

Somers Tarah S., Freed Jennifer, Wendel Arthur M., Williams Dana, March, 2020
Other
In 2017, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released the Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education Guidance Manual. The guidance manual helps environmental and public health professionals ensure that early care and…
Green Beth L., Ayoub Catherine, Bartlett Jessica Dym, Furrer Carrie Jean, Chazan-Cohen Rachel, Buttita Katherine, Von Ende Adam, Koepp Andrew, Regalbuto Eric, Sanders Mary Beth, October, 2018
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This brief is an overview of a longitudinal research study that draws upon several sources of data to examine links between Early Head Start (EHS) participation and incidences of child abuse and neglect. The study also discusses the role of several…
Bussell Kristin, Francis Lucine, Armstrong Bridget, Kilby Sarah, Black Maureen M., Hager Erin R., August/September 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Child care settings provide opportunities for obesity prevention by implementing nutrition/physical activity best practices. This study examines how center policies, provider training, family education, and center demographics relate to…
Chacko Anil, Fabiano Gregory A., Doctoroff Greta L., Fortson Beverly, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Engaging fathers and improving their parenting and, in turn, outcomes for their children in preventive/promotion-focused parenting interventions has been a notable, but understudied, challenge in the field. This study evaluated the effects of a…
Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Dooley Erin E., Sharma Shreela, Chuang Ru-Jye, Butte Nancy, Hoelscher Deanna M., December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Introduction Practices and barriers to promoting healthy eating and physical activity at Head Start centers may influence children's energy balance behaviors. We examined differences between directors' and teachers' perspectives on best practices…

Amoah Aurora O., Witherspoon Nsedu Obot, Perodin Joanne, Paulson Jerome A., September, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background Children are uniquely susceptible to environmental health exposures that effect developmental delays and negatively impact long-term health outcomes. Despite extensive hours spent at early child care centers, child care providers (CCPs)…
LaRowe Tara L., Tomayko Emily, Meinen Amy M., Hoiting Jill, Saxler Courtney, Cullen Bridget, Wisconsin Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative, 20 July, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Early childcare and education (ECE) is a prime setting for obesity prevention and the establishment of healthy behaviors. The objective of this quasi-experimental study was to examine the efficacy of the Active Early guide, which…

Natale Ruby, Camejo Stephanie, Sanders Lee, July-September 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Obesity is a significant public health issue affecting even our youngest children. Given that a significant amount of young children are enrolled in child care, the goal of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a child care facility-…
Kenney Erica L., Davison Kirsten K., Austin S. Bryn, Giles Catherine M., Cradock Angie, Lee Rebekka M., Gortmaker Steven Lawrence, March, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Interest in evaluating and improving children's diets in afterschool settings has grown, necessitating the development of feasible yet valid measures for capturing children's intake in such settings. Objective The purpose of this study was to test…
Lee Rebekka M., Emmons Karen M., Okechukwu Cassandra A., Barrett Jessica L., Kenney Erica L., Cradock Angie, Giles Catherine M., deBlois Madeleine E., Gortmaker Steven Lawrence, 28 November, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Nutrition and physical activity interventions have been effective in creating environmental changes in afterschool programs. However, accurate assessment can be time-consuming and expensive as initiatives are scaled up for optimal…

Kenney Erica L., Austin S. Bryn, Cradock Angie, Giles Catherine M., Lee Rebekka M., Davison Kirsten K., Gortmaker Steven Lawrence, 20 November, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Little is known about how the nutrition environment in after-school settings may affect children's dietary intake. We measured the nutritional quality of after-school snacks provided by programs participating in the National School Lunch Program…

Kenney Erica L., Giles Catherine M., deBlois Madeleine E., Gortmaker Steven Lawrence, Chinfatt Sherene, Cradock Angie, September, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Afterschool programs can be health-promoting environments for children. Written policies positively influence nutrition and physical activity (PA) environments, but effective strategies for building staff capacity to write such policies have not…
Green Beth L., Ayoub Catherine, Bartlett Jessica Dym, Von Ende Adam, Furrer Carrie Jean, Chazan-Cohen Rachel, Vallotton Claire, Klevens Joanne, July, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The high societal and personal costs of child maltreatment make identification of effective early prevention programs a high research priority. Early Head Start (EHS), a dual generational program serving low-income families with children prenatally…