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Zaltz Daniel A., Hecht Amelie A., Pate Russell R., Neelon Brian H., O'Neill Jennifer R., Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, 05 June, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Early care and education (ECE) is an important setting for influencing young children's dietary intake. There are several factors associated with barriers to healthy eating in ECE, and recent evidence suggests that participation in the…
Sawicki Erin, Barker Dianne C., Gutman Marjorie A., Caughlan Ian, Yochelson Marissa, Grob George, May/June 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Context: In recent years, several states have adopted new regulations concerning nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education (ECE) settings to help prevent childhood obesity. Objective: To disseminate a menu of factors…
Econometrica, Inc., February, 2019
Reports & Papers
The goal of the analysis presented in this report is to forecast the Tier I, Tier II, and overall error rates for each year from FY 2016 through FY 2020 and to estimate the cost to CACFP associated with the predicted tiering errors. This analysis…
Paez Paola, Alcorn Michelle, January, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Regulations for childcare facilities vary greatly in terms of licenses, services provided, times of operation, and type of care offered. Food safety regulations are determined by each state and they can differ depending on the type of childcare…
Glantz Frederic B., Germuth Amy A., Macaluso Theodore F., Della Torre Karen, August, 2018
Reports & Papers
The CACFP Sponsor and Provider Characteristics Study provides the Food and Nutrition Service with updated, nationally-representative information that describes the Program's child care sponsors and providers. The study includes estimates of the…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Gonzalez-Nahm Sarah, Grossman Elyse R., Davis Melanie L., Neelon Brian H., Looby Anna Ayers, Frost Natasha, December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

OBJECTIVES: Early care and education (ECE) settings have become primary targets for policy change in recent years. In our 2008 study, we assessed state and regional variation in infant feeding regulations for ECE and compared them to national…

Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Mayhew Meghan, O'Neill Jennifer R., Neelon Brian H., Li Fan, Pate Russell R., June, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background Policies to promote healthy eating in young children appear promising, but are largely untested. Recently, South Carolina implemented mandatory nutrition standards governing child-care centers serving low-income children. Objective This…
Nemours Foundation, 2013
Reports & Papers
This brief profiles child care programs across the country to showcase different strategies being implemented to improve the nutrition quality of meals and snacks served through CACFP. The case studies range from small to large programs in rural,…
Erinosho Temitope, Hales Derek, McWilliams Christina, Emunah Josie, Ward Dianne Stanton, January, 2012
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A study of the associations between the presence or absence of child care center policies about staff eating practices and their eating behaviors during mealtime interactions with children, based on data from 50 child care centers in North Carolina…
Meadow Miranda, June, 2011
Reports & Papers
A study of the attitudes of family child care providers in Colorado toward proposed menu changes in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), based on survey responses from 451 providers
Benjamin Sara E., Haines Jess, Ball Sarah C., Ward Dianne Stanton, November, 2008
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A survey of perceptions and recommendations for the improvement of the quality of meals, snacks, and physical activity at child care centers, based on data from 508 parents of children in attendance at 94 licensed child care centers in North Carolina
Kapur Kanika, Kilburn M. Rebecca, Fair C. Christine, 1999
Reports & Papers
An analysis of the characteristics of three types of child care centers: centers that choose to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), centers that are eligible for CACFP but do not participate, and centers that are not…
Food Assistance & Nutrition Research (Program : U.S.), United States. Food and Nutrition Service, 1999
Reports & Papers
An inquiry into the participation rates of family child care homes in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
North Carolina. Division of Public Health, n.d.
Reports & Papers
A presentation of nutrition standards for licensed child care providers in North Carolina, based on a review of research, an examination of other nutrition guidelines, listening sessions with 136 stakeholders, and surveys from 37 pediatricians
Food Research and Action Center, n.d.
Reports & Papers
Nearly half (48 percent) of the states responding to the Food Research & Action Center's CACFP Nutrition and Wellness State Agency Survey had implemented enhanced nutrition standards in addition to the federal requirements. The map below (Figure…