In Mississippi, about one-third of children under six years old are cared for in Family Child Care Homes (FCCHs). The purposes of this study are to: 1) assess the nutrition and physical activity practices and policies of FCCHs in Mississippi; 2) explore whether these policies differ by geographic region (rural vs. urban) and participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); 3) explore the quality of local food and physical activity environments surrounding FCCHs in Mississippi; and 4) examine the association between local food and physical activity environments surrounding FCCHs and the foods and physical activity opportunities provided to preschoolers. The study will collect data from a sample of approximately 150 FCCHs, which will be distributed equally into 4 groups: rural CACFP, rural non-CACFP, urban CACFP, and urban non-CACFP. FCCH providers will complete questionnaires about nutrition and physical activity policies and practices, use of local food outlets and physical activity resources, and demographic characteristics. Survey findings will be used to create statistical models to determine whether nutrition and physical activity outcomes differ between geographic region and CACFP participation. Regression models will also be created to examine associations between local food and physical activity environments and food and physical activity opportunities provided to preschoolers.
Assessing Policies, Practices, and the Built Environment in and Around Family Child Care Homes in Mississippi
Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Is Associated with Healthier Nutrition Environments at Family Child Care Homes in Mississippi
This study describes the foods and beverages offered, nutrition practices, and nutrition policies of family child care homes in Mississippi and differences by participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). A random sample of family child care homes that enroll 3- to 5-year-olds in Mississippi were examined … More
Early Care and Education Policies and Programs to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Best Practices and Changes Over Time. Research Review: 2010-2016
Over the last six years, efforts to strengthen policies, systems, and environments to promote health and prevent obesity have become more robust and widespread. These efforts include updates to federal policies and programs, state regulations, local policies, and evidence-based guidance. The goal of the current research review is to provide … More
This cross-sectional study reviewed infant feeding regulations for all U.S. states for child care centers and family child care homes, then compared the regulations with ten national standards and also assessed the number of new regulations consistent with these standards since a previous review conducted in 2008. The 2008 review … More