Assessing the Potential of Local Governments to Impose Standards of Nutrition and Physical Activity for Child-Care Settings
This project will provide new data about the potential for local governments to take meaningful action to prevent childhood obesity through policy implementation in child-care settings. Because local laws often serve as drivers of state law, this research will help inform childhood obesity prevention policy both at state and local levels around the nation. This study aims to: 1) determine the scope of local government authority to impose nutrition and physical activity standards in child-care settings in all 50 states; 2) examine specific local government regulations and other strategies for addressing nutrition and physical activity; and 3) identify examples of promising or innovative local government practices. Investigators will use legal analytical methods to research and examine state and local laws relating to nutrition and physical activity standards for child care. Final products will include: 1) a simple, accessible 50-state database showing which states permit local child-care regulation and to what extent, and 2) analyses and summaries of promising and innovative practices in local child-care regulation designed to prevent childhood obesity.
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
This study updates a previous review, conducted in 2012, assessing the extent to which state child care regulations support a woman’s ability to continue to breastfeed her infant in child care. For this study, child care regulations were reviewed related to breastfeeding for centers and homes in all 50 states … 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