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Ritchie Lorrene D., Keeton Victoria, Lee Danielle Louhrine, Gurzo Klara, Vitale Elyse Homel, Au Lauren, Alkon Abbey, January 2021
Reports & Papers
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The study evaluated an educational intervention with family child care home (FCCH) providers to implement nutrition standards. A convenience sample of licensed California FCCH providers (n=30) attended a 2-hour, in-person group training in…

McKee Sarah L., Cooksey-Stowers Kristen, St. Louis Rebecca, Schwartz Marlene B., August, 2020
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Learning Care Group made a three-year commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America to implement several evidence-based nutrition and physical activity policies in over 900 child care centers. New practices included serving more fruits and…
Gurzo Klara, Lee Danielle Louhrine, Ritchie Kyle, Yoshida Sallie, Vitale Elyse Homel, Hecht Kenneth, Ritchie Lorrene D., July, 2020
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Objective: To compare food/beverage provisions between child care sites participating and not participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Design: Cross-sectional survey administered in 2016. Setting: Licensed child care centers…
Lee Danielle Louhrine, Gurzo Klara, Nhan Lilly A., Vitale Elyse Homel, Yoshida Sallie, Ritchie Lorrene D., July, 2020
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Infant nutrition can influence development, eating behaviors and obesity risk. Nearly half of infants in the U.S. are in non-parental care where they consume much of their daily nutrition. Because little is known about the quality of infant…
Zaltz Daniel A., Hecht Amelie A., Pate Russell R., Neelon Brian H., O'Neill Jennifer R., Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, 05 June, 2020
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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…
Lessard Laura, May, 2020
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In October 2017, substantial changes were made to improve the nutritional quality of meals served in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This study describes the experience of child care providers and sponsors during the first year of…
Lee Danielle Louhrine, Gurzo Klara, Nhan Lilly A., Vitale Elyse Homel, Yoshida Sallie, Hecht Kenneth, Ritchie Lorrene D., April, 2020
Reports & Papers
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Since 2012, licensed California child care centers and homes, per state policy, are required to serve only unflavored low-fat or nonfat milk to children aged 2 years or older, no more than one serving of 100% juice daily, and no beverages with added…
Speirs Katherine E., Gordon Rachel A., Powers Elizabeth T., Koester Brenda D., Fiese Barbara H., February/March 2020
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Research Findings: Family child care providers widely participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), yet their participation experiences have not been studied. To fill this gap, we used a mixed methods approach that combined survey…
Looby Anna Ayers, Frost Natasha, Gonzalez-Nahm Sarah, Grossman Elyse R., Aoki Julie Ralston, Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, February, 2020
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Objective In July 2018 the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics released a benchmark encouraging early care and education (ECE) programs, including child care centers and family child care homes, to incorporate cultural and religious food preferences…
Kalicki Michelle, Belson Sarah Irvine, McClave Robin, Snelling Anastasia, December, 2019
Other
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Early childhood development is not only essential for school readiness, but sets the stage for lifelong success across many aspects of a student's life. The long-term impact and significance of quality early childhood education has become a national…
Cooper Christen Cupples, Contento Isobel R., October, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To examine preschool teachers’ nutrition-related beliefs and practices and explore associations with Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) training. Design: Causal-comparative study using a post-only, cross-sectional survey…
Pelletier Jennifer E., Hassan Asha, Zukoski Ann P., Loth Katie A., May, 2019
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Objective. Childhood obesity experts have identified licensed child care providers as a focus for prevention efforts. Since 2011, local public health agencies in Minnesota have provided training and support to child care providers to assist in…
Sawicki Erin, Barker Dianne C., Gutman Marjorie A., Caughlan Ian, Yochelson Marissa, Grob George, May/June 2019
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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…
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…
Copeland Beverly M., McWhinney Sharon, Osonkie Adaeze, October, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The prevalence of obesity nationally among 2-5-year-old children declined from 14% in 2003–2004 to 9.4 percent in 2013-2014. However, low-income families and certain racial and ethnic groups continue to have higher rates of obesity above the…