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Adams Gina, Hernandez Fernando, April 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This brief provides an overview of some key opportunities, challenges, and needed action steps to expand participation of HBCC providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Based on expert interviews and a literature review, it first…

Ritchie Lorrene D., Keeton Victoria, Lee Danielle Louhrine, Gurzo Klara, Vitale Elyse Homel, Au Lauren, Alkon Abbey, January 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

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
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
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
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
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…
Kuhns Catherine, Adams Gina, July, 2020
Reports & Papers
This brief highlights findings from interviews with experts (listed in the acknowledgments) and a quick scan of existing data and documents. After describing the pandemic's impact on the child care and early education system, we explore what is…
Lee Danielle Louhrine, Gurzo Klara, Nhan Lilly A., Vitale Elyse Homel, Yoshida Sallie, Ritchie Lorrene D., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
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
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…
Lessard Laura, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
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
Peer Reviewed
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…
Ullrich Rebecca, 23 March, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This fact sheet examines provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (or "Families First"), which include the continued distribution of meals during closures to families in child care, pre-kindergarten, and Head Start programs that…
Speirs Katherine E., Gordon Rachel A., Powers Elizabeth T., Koester Brenda D., Fiese Barbara H., February/March 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
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
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
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…
Carr Tara, Ward Dianne Stanton, 2020
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects

This study’s research questions will address significant research gaps in the literature: (1) Is the Infant Feeding Styles Questionnaire (IFSQ) valid for use with infant and toddler childcare providers? (2) What are the factors associated with…

Kalicki Michelle, Belson Sarah Irvine, McClave Robin, Snelling Anastasia, December, 2019
Other
Peer Reviewed
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…