This project will investigate preschool food policies through two primary aims. First, the study will develop new measures and examine the validity of existing preschool nutrition measures through rigorous psychometric analysis, pilot and primary testing, and validity studies. The final product will be a multi-method toolkit of measures assessing the nutrition environment, caregiver attitudes, food policies, menu quality, and financial considerations of food delivery in the preschool setting. Second, the study will examine socio-demographic predictors of the current preschool nutrition environment, written food policies, and caregiver attitudes. This study targets multiracial/ethnic preschool-age children ages 3 to 5.
Documenting the Range and Quality of Existing Preschool Food Policies in Connecticut
This paper examined the availability and accessibility of water in child-care centers and evaluated whether the centers were in compliance with current federal, state, and accreditation rules regarding water availability and promotion. Researchers found that while water was available in most classrooms (84%), it was only accessible by an adult … More
The Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool: A Measure to Assess the Quality of Written Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
This paper discusses the development and psychometric properties (range, internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, and construct validity) of an instrument–the Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool–to quantitatively evaluate the comprehensiveness and strength of written nutrition and physical activity policies at preschools and child-care centers. To evaluate the instrument, psychometric analyses were conducted … More
This paper discusses the development and validity of a self-administered survey to assess the nutrition and physical activity environment of child-care centers. The survey assesses four areas related to nutrition and physical activity: center policies, practices related to the social environment, physical environment and nutrition quality. To evaluate criterion validity … More