Assessing Changes in Regulations at Chicago Child-Care Facilities to Prevent Childhood Obesity
In the fall of 2009, the Chicago Board of Health will adopt changes to child-care regulations intended to improve nutrition standards, establish minimum time requirements for physical activity and set maximum time requirements for screentime. During a two-year voluntary phase-in period child-care providers will receive education and training to facilitate compliance. This study will evaluate the effects of child-care regulation changes on child-care practices and examine how center characteristics influence compliance. Researchers will use a two-group, non-randomized design with two waves of data collection to study the impact of voluntary regulation compliance and a qualitative case-study approach to investigate factors that facilitate and constrain compliance. Study results will provide implementation guidance as the policy becomes mandatory within the two-year framework.
Physical activity (PA) at a young age is an important health behavior to prevent childhood obesity and establish healthy PA habits. Because the majority of preschool-age children attend child-care centers, child-care environment can play an important role in promoting PA among this population. This study examined environmental factors associated with … More
The Environment and Policy Assessment and Observation (EPAO) is a tool designed to evaluate practices, environmental attributes, and policies of early care and education settings that influence children’s nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary environments. The tool has been updated to assess all current best practices in Go NAP SACC. The … More
Child care providers are a vital part of healthy, thriving communities. Over half of children between the ages of zero and five spend significant time in non-parental child care. These early years are critical for healthy brain development and establishing the habits that last a lifetime. Laws and policies shape … More